E. "Sonny" and Sweetie Mottern, Baton Rouge Nat. Convention 1998
Name Middle Initial:
168 CRIPPLE CRK LOOP
& State: WATAUGA, TN
3 DIV 15 INF
Held In: Camps to come..
Long Interned: 131 days
/ repatriated: liberated
at Capture: 23
Received: PURPLE HEART MEDAL, 2 BRONZE STARS, ETO MEDAL, GOOD
CONDUCT MEDAL, POW MEDAL
after War: AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC
William E. Mottern was born June 24, 1920 and married his high school
sweetheart, Eulah "Sweetie" Shepherd 57 years ago. They have
two children, Four grand children and one great granddaughter. Son,
Sonnie Bill is a veteran of Vietnam and was elected as the National
Treasurer of the AXPOW in Baton Rouge LA on Oct. 24, 1998. He also knows
what war is about. Grandson Brad served in Japan as a Marine MP.
From Dec. 1943 through Dec. 1945 Sonny served on active duty in the 15th
Infantry, 3rd Division in France where he received a battle field
promotion. He was captured Dec. 19, 1944 near the Rhine River in France.
He was held in four different POW camps being moved by box cars and
forced marches. Liberated on April 29th, 1945 by Gen Patton's troops.
Discharged 12/ 7/1945, awarded the Bronze Star, a cluster, Purple Heart,
Good Conduct Medal, American/European-African Campaign Medal and the POW
Medal. Again "Sonny" was called to serve his country as
chairman of the Carter County Draft Board during the Vietnam conflict.
On April 19th, 1996 he was named by the governor of Tennessee as a
Colonel, Aide-De-Camp for valor and dedication in the performance of his
duties in service to the Ex-POW's and all veterans of the state of
Tennessee. Also serves on the Military and Veterans Advisory Board for
Tennessee. On April 19th, 1997 he was appointed by the Governor as
Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill. He is a National Service Organization
Representative for the Department of Veteran Affairs. His community
involvement and leadership includes: Elder in the Christian Church,
Member of the Chamber of Commerce, past Master of the Masonic Lodge,
life member, in the VFW, DAV, Purple Heart, the American Legion and the
American Ex-Prisoners of War.
Sweetie Mottern, maiden name, Eulah B. Shepherd, was born June 2, 1922.
She attended Milligan College, Carter County, TN. There she received
Bachelors degree at Milligan college and her Masters degree at East
Tennessee State University. She taught school in Carter County TN for
ten years, worked as a librarian for twenty-one years, and then retired
from Sullivan County TN. She married her high school sweetheart, William
E. "Sonny" Mottern on October 17, 1941. Together they had two
children Sonnie Bill Mottern and Ruth Lewis. They now have four
grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Sonny was elected and installed as National Commander of the American
Ex-Prisoners of War on Sept. 21, 1996 at the 49th National Convention in
Birmingham, Alabama. At the present time (1998) he serves as the
National SR Director of the Board and President of the American
Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation and continues to be active in
numerous Veterans groups.