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World War II veteran from Olean getting special honors

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World War II veteran from Olean getting special honors

TOMORROW WILL MARKA SPECIAL DAY FOR ONEWESTERN NEW YORKWAR HERO.THE WORLD WAR TWOVETERAN IS BEINGRECOGNIZED FOR HISSERVICE... WITH A DAY INHIS NAME.7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER ED REILLYHAS THE STORY.I WAS CHARLIE BROWNBEFORE CHARLIE BROWWAS CHARLIE BROWN94-YEAR-OLD CHARLIEBROWN FROM OLEAN ISFULL OF LIFE ANDHISTORY.75 YEARS AGO, US ARMYPRIVATE FIRST CLASSCHARLIE BROWN, 18,WAS IN ENGLANDPREPARING FOR THE D-DAY INVASION OFEUROPE - AN EVENTTHAT TOOK MANY LIVES.I WAS AWFUL PROUD,REALLY PROUD TO FIGHTFOR MY COUNTRYA LAST MINUTE CHANGEKEPT CHARLIE'S UNIT,THE 258TH FIELDARTILLERY REGIMENT,OUT OF THE FIRST WAVEOF ASSAULTS.AND I THOUGHT, CHUCKBROWN, HOW LUCKY YOUWENT IN ABOUT 30 DAYSLATERHE DID LAND AT UTAHBEACH A COUPLE WEEKSAFTERWARDS.AND THE FIRST NIGHT INNORMANDY WASTERRIFYING.AND I THOUGHT, I AM NOTGOING TO TAKE MYHELMET OFF AND I LAIDMY GUN RIGHT IN FRONTOF ME, AND I DON'T THINKI SLEPT AT ALL THAT FIRSTNIGHTTHE 258TH FOUGHTTHROUGH EUROPE.AND CHARLIE STILLREMEMBERS A YOUNGGIRL IN HOLLAND GIVINGHIM A RELIGIOUS GIFTFOR LIBERATING HERCOUNTRY.SHE HAD TO BE SAYING"YOU AMERICANS AREHERE!

YOU AMERICANSARE HERE" .

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HOWPROUDTHROUGH IT ALL,CHARLIE KEPTMETICULOUS RECORDS.THOSE HAVE NOW BEENGIVEN TO THE NYSMILITARY MUSEUM INSARATOGA SPRINGSNATS FIRING CANNONTO THANK HIM .

..CHARLIE WAS WASINVITED TO FIRE THEARMY'S NEWESTCANNON LAST YEAR ATFORT DRUM.HE WAS AWARDED THEMILITARY'S HIGHESTHONOR FORARTILLERYMEN THISPAST DECEMBER.AND NOW THE NY ARMYNATIONAL GUARD HASDECLARED MAY 23RDCHARLIE BROWN DAY.YOU KNOW, IT HAS BEENAN INTERESTING LIFE FORMEHIS FRIEND JACK DROUINIS ENCOURAGINGPEOPLE TO SENDCONGRATULATIONCARDSWE NEED TO CELEBRATEAND THANK ALL OF OURVETERANSAND EACH ONE HISTOUCHING THE VETERANSOLDIER'S HEART.AMERICANS LIKE YOU ARESURELY HARD TO FINDTODAY .

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.CHARLIE KNOWS HE ISSPOKESPERSON FOR AGENERATION WHEREFEW REMAIN.AND WHILE THETRIBUTES ARE NICE .

..CHARLIE PLANS TO JOINWITH VETERANS FROMALL ERA'S THISMEMORIAL DAY ...TOREMEMBER THOSE WHONEVER CAME HOME TOTELL THEIR OWNSTORIES.ED REILLY 7 EWN




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