Saturday, January 22, 2022

Five WWII vets honored at Eastover ceremony

— A small crowd gathered at the Eastover Town Hall Wednesday for the unveiling of a stone that honored men and women from the community who served in World War II.

“We had over 100 killed on the field,” said Elbridge McLaurin.

McLaurin, 93, served in the 8th Infantry Division. He arrived in Germany one month after D-Day. He now spends time thinking about those who didn’t make it.

“I was a first sergeant and the last old boy that was a first sergeant…he got killed,” he said.

Gene Miller was in the Navy. He served at Pearl Harbor three years after the attack that forced America into the war. He and his family have visited the Arizona Memorial.

“I think it was terrible what the Japanese did, but I was proud to serve,” Miller said.

Five World War II veterans were honored at the ceremony on Wednesday.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.

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