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World War II veterans honored for their service

Veterans celebrated and honored
Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 12:24:29-04

World War II veterans were honored for their service at a recent veteran reunion.

Many of the men told us, "it was the thing to do ... and we didn't hesitate at all about it," Army Air Force Veteran Denny Thompson said.

"I just felt it was my duty to get in there and do what I could," Army Air Force Veteran Charley Stevens said.

The veterans tell us many of them serve for different reasons.

"I wanted to go into the service [because] my father was in WWI and I wanted to follow in his footsteps, Army Air Force Veteran of the 487th Bomb Group Stu Bachmann said.

The men were celebrated for the sacrifices they made for our country.

"I never thought I'd be honored for anything when I was in the service, they said, 'Do your job and keep your mouth shut,' and that's just what I did," Army Air Force Veteran of the 487th Bomb Group Raymond E. Duncan said.

Bachmann and Duncan were a part of the 487th group.

The men just recently returned from a trip to Eng lad where they were honored for their service during WWII.

"There's very few of us left, " Duncan said. I think there's one man that's a little older than me by a few months but I'll be 99 in October."

"I used to know a lot of people in this outfit but there's too many of them I don't know anymore," Army Air Force Veteran Miller said.

Some recalled memories of their bomber group, like 97-year-old Denny Thompson, who flew his 6th mission on D-Day.

"At times it was scary, but it was quite a thrill for a 21-year-old," Thompson said.

But more than anything, these men are thankful for the country they fought for.

"It's awesome to see that many people who are still here," Army Air Force Veteran Herbert Basener said.

"It's a great place ... if it's running, run right and hopefully it'll continue that way," Bachmann said.

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