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WWII veteran gets unexpected recognition at 408K race

WWII Veteran Gets Unexpected Recognition at 408K Race

Runners in the 408K charity race had a very special fan cheering them on.

'Decades after he fought for his country, 95-year-old WWII veteran Joe Bell dressed in full uniform to cheer on runners at a charity race in San Jose. You see him there,' 'GMA' reported.



The runners somehow managed to find extra energy to clap and cheer for Bell as he stood on the sidewalk watching them run. Then, something heartwarming happened.

Runners were willing to add some time to their race to give Bell the recognition he deserves.

Elite Daily says the race was dedicated to Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who died in 2004 while deployed in Afghanistan. It 'honors service men and women of all ages. Benefits to the foundation go to educational purposes for veterans and their families, which is something Tillman valued dearly until the day he passed.'

Just a few people took a quick detour to shake Joe's hand ... but then, one person led to dozens.

More and more joined the line to shake Bell's hand and express their gratitude for his service.



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Dick March 05 2014 at 2:44 PM

Absolutely chilling. God Bless you, Joe Bell, and thanks for making it possible for me to write this. In addition, thank you, runners, for remembering a member of 'The Greatest Generation.'

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redchips Dick March 05 2014 at 3:02 PM

Calling WWII vets's the "greatest generation", denigrates the sacrifices of all of those who came before and after them. Korea and Vietnam vets spent much more time in combat than WWII vets and the present day military may do much more due to multiple tours. Just because some empty suit, media, teleprompter reader invents the phrase does not make it true.

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antbis March 05 2014 at 12:51 PM

what an awesome story!!!

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richagrig March 05 2014 at 12:51 PM

God Bless all out soilders who do their job and stand for our country.

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skiez101 March 05 2014 at 12:45 PM

Thanks Joe Bell

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Nancy March 05 2014 at 12:42 PM

Just wanted to say welcome home to you and all who served in Vietnam.
I served from 1963-67, U.S. Air Force. Was never in a combat zone
Had many friends who were and they still carry the scars.
May God bless you all.

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bigcatdaddy March 05 2014 at 12:42 PM

Anytime you see a veteran you should go up and give him or her a thank you for their service.

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giorgettilois bigcatdaddy March 05 2014 at 1:15 PM

Too bad we don't all of us think to do this. In most cases we do not know who they are out there - and we avoid the homeless many of whom ARE vets..........sad, but true.

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diegodoggie March 05 2014 at 12:42 PM

PRAISE THE LORD!!! Its about time Veterans are acknowledged!!!!!!!!! ;-)

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cullen3132 March 05 2014 at 12:23 PM

My grandfather fought in the 36th Division in WW2. Tragically he died of lung cancer before I was born, but I have always had the utmost respect for any one who has served this nation of ours

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steel4cal March 05 2014 at 12:19 PM

Thanks Joe. The "Greatest Generation" was just that.

CW2 1st Cav
1970-71

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Kevin Caldwell March 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

There's still hope for this country when you see this.

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