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Five local WWII vets honored at ceremony

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It's the day after Veteran's Day, but the Tennessee Valley continued honoring those who served Tuesday. Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) recognized five local WWII veterans for their service in a Tuesday morning ceremony.

It's never too late for a "Thank You," at least not for these veterans. It's been more than 65 years since these gentlemen risked their lives in war.

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"Yeah, it was very important to do what we do. WWII. Very important," said 93-year-old Joe Terrell.

Joe Terrell, 93, was trusted to drive General George Patten's Jeep for a time. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge where his feet froze in the deep snowy trenches.

"I wasn't by myself. Everyone got frozen feet because of where we were. For over two weeks!" he said.

Terrell remembered his war stories as he sat beside other WWII veterans in Chattanooga whom he had never met until Tuesday morning.

Along with Terrell, BIMI gave framed certificates to other veterans including: Connie Hay, 89; James Gribble, 91; Jim Chauncey, 84. Charles Quarles was also scheduled to be honored at Tuesday's event but couldn't make it. He'll receive his certificate at a later time.

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