Axtell presents three star flag to House of Flags Museum

Published 1:33 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lt. General George C. Axtell, USMC retired (left) presents his personal three star flag to House of Flags Vice Chairman Bob Lair. His flag will receive a place of honor in the museum. (photo submitted)

General Axtell wanted to present his personal three star flag to the House of Flags Museum to show his support for the museum. Bob Lair commented that his flag, picture and biography will receive a special place of honor in the museum.

General Axtell had a most distinguished military career spanning 34 years. He was a World War II ACE, personally downing six Japanese aircraft during the battle for Okinawa in the Pacific. He was presented the Navy Cross for his heroism in this action. General Axtell and his wife Shirl reside at Tryon Estates in Columbus.

Robert Williamson, chairman of the board said, “The House of Flags Museum is extremely honored to add General Axtell’s flag to the collection in the museum and is most grateful for the support from such a distinguished and famous person.”

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Current remodeling of the future location for the museum is underway in Columbus at 33 Gibson Street. The Gibson Street location was “donated” to the House of Flags for 30 years by the Polk Commissioners at a cost of $1 per year. Remodeling is possible because of the many donations from both individuals and local organizations. A date for the grand opening of the museum has not yet been set.

The House of Flags Museum is a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation and an approved IRS 501c3 organization. Accordingly all donations to the museum are tax-deductible.

If you would like to support the museum, visit or contact by mail P.O. Box 1090, Columbus, N.C. 28722.

– article submitted by Paul Sutherland