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November 11, 2004

Decatur County - On November 7th, 1942, Hoyt Douglas Neely of Decatur County answered the call of duty by joining the United States military. November 7th, 2004, he answered a higher calling.

"There's never been a greater generation, ever. Daddy and his two brothers were of that greatest generation," says Hoyt Neely's son, Tim.

Three young men from the Neely family, all served in World War II. "When duty called," says Tim Neely, "three went, two were killed."

The Neely family was notified of the deaths of Willard and Johnny Neely on the same day.

Tim Neely says, "You and I wouldn't be standing here free if it hadn't been for them."

But this Veterans day, we have the chance to honor all three. "He is a real, real American patriot, but his two brothers were just as well."

And now, may they all truly, rest in peace. Private Hoyt Neely was 83 years old.

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