Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gold Star Mothers De Soto Woman Is Elected National President

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gold Star Mothers De Soto Woman Is Elected National President

Article excerpt

The star in the front window of Frances J. Turley of De Soto has a brighter edge these days.

The Gold Star Mothers of America have elected her as the group's national president.

The Gold Star Mothers is a group of women who have lost sons in the a rmed forces.

Turley became eligible on Oct. 21, 1969, when her oldest son - Army Staff Sgt. Francis E. Cortor Jr., an infantryman - was killed in Vietnam.

Cortor was 22 and was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam.

The Gold Star Mothers date from 1924, shortly after World War I.

In the 1940s, in World War II, front windows across America began displaying small blue star banners (for a family member in the service) and then banners with a gold star (for a family member killed in action).

Locally, Turley's group has about 50 members, almost all of whom lost sons in Vietnam. …

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