MARION COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Marion County officials, veterans, and other community members gathered in the courthouse Thursday, to honor 'The Greatest Generation.'
On December 7, 1941, the attacks on Pearl Harbor changed the trajectory of the country, and shaped the lives of many of the men and women sitting in the room Thursday.
"Most of us are ordinary people," said a humble Arthur Vincent, shrugging off the title of 'hero.' "We did what we had to do. It was as simple as that."
Vincent was a senior in high school when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor.
One year later, he joined the service, fighting in the European theatre.
"We crawled up that ditch for 100 yards," Vincent said, recounting a day overseas. "Some of the people in the ditche were killed, and you just crawled over them and kept on going."
In January 1945, while on a mission in France, Vincent was shot in the ankle.
"Everybody was shooting at everybody, and one of them hit me, that's all," Vincent said matter-of-factly.
"But we did manage to capture the railroad building," he added, chuckling.
Vincent said he doesn't dwell on some of the more harrowing experiences, but he recognized it's impossible to forget about the time he served, and the attacks that precipitated a war.
In the full story above, a veteran leads others in the World War II battle cry 'Remember Pearl Harbor.'