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Nebraska WWII veterans honored

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

It was a trip down memory lane Wednesday for Nebraska World War II veterans.

"My experience? You don't wanna hear it," veteran Bill Bush said. "It's too rough."

"The sergeant here in Lincoln was scared to death," De Verne Bates, another veteran, remembered. "But he had no reason to be. We made it."

The Nebraska National Guard commemorated the 70th anniversary of its participation in the war, particularly its crucial role in the battle of St. Lo, France.

"And ultimately this resulted in the liberation of France and western Europe, and the defeat of Hitler's Germany," Gov. Dave Heineman said.

Soldiers in the NE National Guard's 134th infantry regiment were on the frontline 70 years ago this week. 900 were killed, wounded or declared missing within the first few days.

"We're supposed to tell young people what goes on," Bush said. "This is one way to do it."

Those who came out took a moment of silence for the fallen and wounded. Veterans Bush and Bates made the trip to Lincoln for the ceremony. Two other veterans sent messages. All were honored for their contributions to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

"Countless people now are able to live in freedom," Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac said. "The nation, state, NE Guard are better for it. For that, we are forever grateful."

Organizers said they plan to commemorate the NE National Guard's role again in 5 years, marking the 75th anniversary.
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