World War II and Korean War veteran Bob Martin, 86, received an American flag delivered to him by Rep. Kevin McCarthy from Washington D.C., with open arms.
The flag was flown specifically to honor Martin for his service to our nation.
Im overwhelmed, very overwhelmed, but Im appreciative and thankful also, said Martin.
Martin and his wife went on vacation for a few days over a week ago, and he left the flag displayed in front of his home. When he returned home he realized it was gone. But after 23 ABC first aired his story, The Jeremy Staat Foundation stepped in and contacted McCarthy.
When it was brought to my attention by Jeremy Staat, I went and got a flag flown over the U.S. Capital. Its a symbolism of the freedom that he fought for and I wanted to make sure that I personally brought it to him as a gratetful nation, to say thank you for all that you have done, said McCarthy.
Martin put his life on the line 62 years ago during the Korean War.
He was awarded a Bronze Star for saving his platoon.
Despite his heroic efforts, Martin remains humble.
I havent done anything to deserve this. Im just one of the many veterans that have done their duty. But Im proud to have done it and I would do it again if I was younger, said Martin.
This flag wont replace Martins favorite American flag but its a small token of appreciation.
When you think of what his generation has done for this country. They are so deserving to be thanked and honored and not only present him a flag today, but thank him and his whole family for their service, said McCarthy.
Martin was enlisted with the Army in the infantry.
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