News 12 at 6 o'Clock / Wednesday, June 8, 2011
EVANS, Ga. --- The United States stormed the beaches of Normandy 67 years ago this week. It was D-Day, one of the most well-known days of World War II. The United States was fighting a war in the Pacific too under General Douglas MacArthur, and a late Evans man worked closely with him.
Charlie Steever passed away in January, but Carla Steever still tells his story.
"They needed a driver here, and he didn't know at the time who he was going to drive until he got here," she said.
He ended up being General Douglas MacArthur.
"When General MacArthur walked out the door, naturally as a soldier, Charlie's going to salute him," she said. "General MacArthur put his hand on Charlie's shoulder, and told him 'that's not necessary sir'."
Steever didn't just drive General MacArthur.
"He would come back from Walter Reed Hospital, pick up General MacArthur's son, and take him down there to see his father," Carla said.
He also drove presidents Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Nixon, but he drove MacArthur around for 12 years. After those 12 years, Charlie ended up with quite a pile. There are pictures, pamphlets, and even old 78 RPM records.
"Charlie never threw stuff away," Carla said.
And some of the stuff, she says, is pretty scary.
"I heard him play [the records] one time," she said. "They are so frightening, just to hear the people scream and him yelling. It's enough to give you goosebumps the size of a baseball."
Carla has plenty of history to remember her husband by, but General MacArthur would say he's still not gone.
"General MacArthur -- his favorite saying was, 'old soldiers never die, they just fade away'."