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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany industry honored south Georgia World War Two veterans at a Veterans Day luncheon.

27 men and women who served in the military during World War Two, most now in their late 80's or early 90's now,  came together for a meal at the Miller Coors Plant.

These heroes at the event included 93 year old Jesse Piland, who served on the destroyer U.S.S. Russell and fought in 16 major battles.  

Jesse Piland said "My ship was with the Yorktown. Big ships. We did it all."

And 89 year old Silas Barnes who fought at Corregider and spent more that three years as a prisoner of war.

Silas Barnes said "Think back then. You were only kids. We were mostly only 18, 19, 20 years old boys and young men. And we really didn't know how serious that war was really."

The Albany Herald hosted the veterans day luncheon to honor these members of the greatest generation.

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