Veterans gather in Lubbock to honor those who serve - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/09

Veterans gather in Lubbock to honor those who serve

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Tuesday, U.S. Veterans from all over the country gathered at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock to honor those men and women who have fought for our country.

Veteran Chuck Fisher, 84, fought in WWII, and later in the Korean War. "I was young 18-years-old when I went into the service, and I was fortunate I think to get in the branch of service I wanted for some reason. I got into the U.S. Coast Guard," said Fisher.

Fisher served as a medic overseas in the Atlantic and the Pacific ultimately ended up at Tokyo Bay at the end of WWII. "I wouldn't want to relive some of it but the camaraderie that we've established with our shipmates will last forever. I owe a debt of gratitude to all the other service personnel for what they did for our country," said Fisher.

Fisher and his shipmates just celebrated their 20th reunion in Washington D.C. "We're getting less and less to come out re-union. We miss those that have gone on, but that's posterity. We're going to lose people as we get older," said Fisher reminiscing about his old war buddies.

Other veterans like Fisher sat in silence, remembering those they fought with. Mildred Luallen didn't fight in any war, but her brother 2nd Lieutenant G. Stanley Persson did.

 "My brother was a fighter pilot and he had gone in behind the enemy lines in four different invasions. We brought all his memorabilia here for the grand opening," said Luallen pointing to a button with her brother's picture on it.

Luallen and her husband traveled all the way to Lubbock from Woodstock, Illinois to remember her brother's service to his country. Persson flew in WWII and was there for D-Day. "That was four invasions behind enemy lines and he still came home. He had a lot of prayers going for him," said Luallen.

Running into old friends, the Luallens reminisces with old pictures. Each veteran has a different story to tell. They are all living history, a history that many Americans overlook daily, but one we should all honor.

"Most of all when you see a veteran or know a veteran, say ‘thank you,’ it's the best thing to bring out a smile from that guy, a big thank you and that means so much," said Fisher.

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