Raiford Franklin Jarrett served 17 months in the army infantry during World War II.
He never recieved honors back then.
But this flag day, he was recognized in a way he won't soon forget.
Veteran Raiford Franklin Jarrett said, “You don't know how much it means to me.”
The Hartford Senior Center celebrated and pinned veterans like Jarrett, who says he was just a Georgia farm boy when he was drafted in 1944.
Jarrett said, “We traveled 13 days and nights. I remember standing on that ship waiting to get off thinking, lord, what am I doing here?”
But his journey to becoming a hero was just beginning.
Jarrett said, “The Germans flooded the river so the Americans could not advance. We had to live in fox holes for 21 days and nights. We pulled two hour guard and two hours off. You'd get just about to sleep and the other guy would wake you up.”
Service to thank him and all veterans for this flag day.