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89-year-old WWII veteran honored in North Georgia

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -- A local World War II Veteran is getting recognized for his service in the war 67 years after his tour of duty ended.

Clifford McClain, 89, is part of the greatest generation. Raised during the Great Depression, and handed a rifle straight out of high school, McClain recalls his days as an anti-aircraft gunner down to the finest details.

"Yeah, 750 rounds for each gun and you're sitting in the middle of that, you can't hear for about two weeks." McClain said.

What hearing McClain still has was tuned in Friday as Jeff Alverson of Military Missions thanked him for his three years as a Private First Class in the Army's 205th Infantry Brigade.

Alverson has spent the past two years honoring any WWII Veteran he can find, stating after he visited the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial in France.

"My emotions moved as I looked across the field where almost 10,000 American soldiers are buried," said Alverson. "These men are passing off the scene we need to honor them as much as we can."

Clifford continued to share war stories. He remembers the decision to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and then Nagasaki. He says that decision saved thousands of American soldiers who were preparing to invade Japan on foot.

"They said it was going to be bloody, and that a lot of us would die," McClain said.

Clifford, who turns 90 this October, says he's learned to cherish every day because there aren't too many that fought beside him still around. He says never forget what they fought for. Clifford never will. "It's planted in your brain, it's just there. You remember a lot of that stuff."

Alverson says they're constantly looking for WWII Veterans in the area, so if you know any you can email him at Alversonj@aol.com

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