Chennault Military Museum honors WWll Veterans in 75th annual D-Day

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MONROE, La. – (6/6/19) “It lets me know that we’re trying to have peace in this country and around the world because we are a peace-loving nation,” said  John Oliver Lee WWII veteran.

John Oliver Lee is a World War II veteran who started his years of service in 1941, beginning his basic training in camp Livingston Louisiana. In 1941, he found out his brother died in action, but that didn’t stop Lee from continuing his service.

“They put me on guard duty guarding 5 German prisoners we had quite a round,” Lee added. 

Lee retired from active duty in 1955, but he wishes he had served longer.

“Going home didn’t too mean much I wish now I would have stayed in service for my country because I loved it,” Lee added.     

Earnest Lee dodging enemy fire and near-death experiences. His service is a point of pride. 

“I got blow up on a boat and then I think about how I got blow up in the air and I got the thinking and I tell folks, you know they look at me say well Mr. Lee your doing good and I say thank the Lord,” said Earnest Lee, WWII veteran.  

These men and their memories of that fateful day represent American sacrifice and honor.

“If it wasn’t for the veterans what would we have… I’m thankful for each and every single one of them and I pray God continues to bless them,” said Lee. 

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