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Honoring Their Sacrifice: Robert Hunt

NewsChannel 34's Peter Quinn takes an in-depth look at Robert Hunt's service to our country.
A group of veterans were thanked for their sacrifice with a trip to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials recently. Among those veterans was Robert Hunt.

Robert Hunt is 92. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 20. During his service he was in France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.

"I went to weapons school in Kansas. I learned how to take guns apart, the pistol, rifle, mortars, 50 caliber. I could take them all apart and put them back together again," said Hunt.

Much of his duty included doing reconnaissance work as he and a team went ahead of soldiers to see what was going on.

"We were just looking for soldiers that would be maybe lingering in the buildings or stuff like that. You went ahead to see that this was okay and that was alright," told Hunt. "It was all bombed to piece. You drive through the cities and you see the destruction and if you saw someone walking you would tell them to take their hands out of their pockets, because you didn't know if they were going to shoot you or not. That's what you had to do."

Hunt, like many other World War II veterans from our area was in danger many times and remained focused on his job, even on the holidays.

"On Easter Sunday there was an airplane coming over and I shot up at it. I would lead them so they could go into them. That's what you think about. You don't shoot directly, because by then they're gone by the time the bullet gets there. You lead it so to speak."

The horror of war is inescapable for those who served on the front lines.

"An airplane dropped a bomb and a guy in the jeep in front of me got hit. I can still see him walking to get rescued. He was in an armored car and it burned him quite a bit. It was terrible to see him."

One thing that stands out in his mind is the supposed differences between the front line soldiers for the allied and axis powers.

"I was guarding some soldiers down in this house one time in a cellar in a town we were at. I said why do you guys want to fight us? They didn't want to fight us. They had the wrong leadership. They didn't want to fight us. Some could speak English and stuff like that."

Hunt spent about a year and a half overseas. He was on his way back to the United States on a ship when the war ended.

Hunt is appreciative of the Honor Flight.

"I think it's wonderful that they recognize the servicemen and women, because we did take part of our lives to serve our country and then had to come back home and pick up where we left off. I think it's wonderful that we were able to serve our country and we have a wonderful country," said Hunt. "If we didn't do what we did I probably wouldn't be here today and have this home. You take these leaders like Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, they wanted to rule the world. We didn't want them to. We wanted to have our own life and family and I just feel proud of the fact that I was part of it."
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