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World War II vets receive first honors at local church

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ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) - It was an emotional day for four local men who put their lives on the line for our country. Delray Baptist Church in Rossville honored the World War II veterans with certificates, a round of applause, and simple thank you's.

"They drafted me when I had a wife and three kids," World War II Veteran Oscar Nelson said.

"Flew 50 feet above the water dropping those people life rafts. We saved 356 of them," World War II Veteran David Mayes said.

"He's a great God. He led me. His hand was up on me and he led me all the way through and brought me safely back home," World War II Veteran Ralph Mulkey said.

"You don't really ever forget about the days that you spent in service and it's just a wonderful time to remember that you're back home," World War II Veteran Glenn Shavers said.

"If it hadn't been for men like this, willing to lay down their lives for our country, we would not have the freedoms we have today," James Kennard with Baptist International Missions said.

"Yeah, this makes you feel like you're on top of the world," Mulkey said.

"Many of these men said here today this is the first time they've ever been honored for what they did," Kennard said.

"This is the first one and I just want to thank everybody that had a part in this," Mulkey said.

"I think it's great. I'm 95 years old," Nelson said.

"Oh it makes you feel kind of small," Shavers said.

"I like this. Yeah, we should do it every week or so!" Mayes said.

Baptist International Missions is head quartered in Harrison, Tennessee. They go around to churches throughout the region, making sure veterans get the thanks they deserve.

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