“Oh my goodness, what a shock!”
These have been the appreciative phrases of a really particular World Warfare II veteran honored in Cicero, Indiana this week.
Try this video from WTHR-TV that reveals Thomas Yetman carrying a WWII VETERAN cap and enthusiastically waving an American flag as he smiles from the passenger seat of a darkish blue 1977 Corvette as an honored participant within the Cicero Independence Day parade.
Whereas he was serving to rejoice the nation’s 243rd birthday on this Fourth of July, Yetman will probably be celebrating a momentous birthday of his personal with a celebration on Sunday, the day earlier than he turns 100 on July 8!
Yetman’s son Raymond informed WTHR how his father was educated as a gunner within the 454th Bomb Squadron of the Military Air Corps, however bumped into some issues when officers discovered he had come to the U.S. from the Isle of Man, a small nation south of England, as a 2-year-old.
“He was referred to as to service and despatched to Colorado to do primary coaching and he realized he had by no means change into a naturalized citizen, in order that they rushed him all the way down to the federal government constructing there to swear him in as a citizen after which rush him again besides camp,” Raymond mentioned.
Thursday, so a few years later, he was nonetheless reflecting on the troopers that served alongside him.
“It was a horrible battle. The issues that you just see and listen to about is tough to imagine, however it price lots of good males,” he mentioned.
A long time later, Yetman was nonetheless drawing reward from an appreciative crowd on the parade.
“Sir, I wish to thanks on your service,” one girl informed him, extending her hand.
“Thanks, thanks very a lot,” he humbly answered. “A lot appreciated.”
Additionally a lot appreciated was a shock present from Aspen Dental, which is engaged on giving him a brand new set of dentures in honor of his 100th
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