Local war veterans honored aboard Battleship North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Dozens of local war veterans were honored for their service aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship Friday morning.

Eighty-seven veterans and their families shared a meal and conversation with about 50 active duty servicemen and servicewomen. The veterans are all residents of Plantation Village -- a retirement and assisted living community in Wilmington.

The event honored veterans and active military personnel alike.

"More than anything, it's the brotherhood. The love that you feel for that marine, that sailor to the left to your right," said Juan Guillen, a volunteer who has served as a gunnery sergeant in the US Marine Corps for 17 years to date.

Fred Emerson served from 1942 to 1945 in WWII as a Quartermaster Corps. He also attended officer candidate school.

"It's a delightful time to be here, and reminisce and meet these young Marines. It's a very enjoyable time," said Emerson.

Another veteran, Sid Brooks, served in two wars for about 3 years total.

"I was a quartermaster in the Navy, and I was a plain old infantryman in the army," Brooks explained. He says a simple "Thank You" means a lot to veterans. "Just thank them for their service," he said.

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