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November 13, 2012

Peachtree Estates honors seven American veterans

On Monday, we honored the men and women that served our country and gave us the freedoms we have enjoyed for generations. We thank them for all of their sacrifices.

We were proud to have Dewey Moss, commander of American Legion Post No. 112, and other members of the American Legion with us. We are also blessed to have seven war veterans as residents here at Peachtree Estates.

They are:

• Gerald Corbin: Gerald served in the Air Force as a tech sergeant for 21 years, including a tour in Vietnam.  

• William Jenkins: William served in the Army under Gen. George Patton. He was in the Battle of the Bulge five weeks after the initial battle started. He was a chemical engineer, and he fought in both World War II and the Korean War.  

• Robert Johnson: Bob served in the Army in the 64 Alpha Platoon. He was awarded the Good Conduct medal, and he was a driver of Jeeps, vehicles and up to two-and-a-half ton trucks.  

• Gene Kirk: Gene served in the Army, European Theater of Operation of World War II, 20th Armored Division. He was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart and was ranked as first lieutenant. His unit claims they liberated the Dachau concentration camp.  

• Gip Kimball: Gip served in the Navy as a senior officer. He was in charge of supplies.

• Charles Smetak: Charles served in the Air Force as a mechanic for F-84 fighter planes. He was stationed in England and served four years.

• Avery Wright: Avery served in the Army infantry in the 134th brigade in World War II.

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