Veteran Day features speakers from two generations- a Nazi concentration camp liberator and a Viet Nam war hero, and a tribute to Col. Tom Dooley, aide to General Jonathan Wainwright.
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The program will begin with a tribute to the late Collin County native Col. Tom Dooley, a decorated World War II Corregidor survivor, prisoner of war and witness to the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri.
Chester Rohn helped liberate Mauthausen, the Nazi concentration camp. He was 21 when his division entered Mauthausen camp. “There were dead people on the floor, dead people stacked against walls,” Rohn said. “They didn’t have the facilities to bury them or burn them or whatever. It was just a terrible situation. The stench was something you could smell for miles before you got there.”
In 1970, Rolland Cannon was deployed to South Viet Nam. In February 1971, he was instrumental in rescuing two seriously wounded soldiers during a firefight in the Mekong Delta. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Joining the Los Angeles Police Department in 1977, he was awarded the Police Star for Valor and Police Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the line of duty.
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