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Marion, IL veteran celebrates 93rd birthday

MARION, IL (KFVS) -

You would never guess it by his calm and humble nature, but 93-year-old Roy Taylor is a highly decorated war hero.

Born in Arkansas in 1921, Taylor moved to southern Illinois 16 years later to raise a family.

When his first child was on the way, he was drafted into World War II.

Taylor was sent to the mountains of Italy in 1944 to fight the Germans.

"I've never in one instance felt like I'd never come back," Taylor said.

He lost many fellow soldiers in the line of duty, but his actions saved the lives of many others.

Taylor was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for his acts of valor in the U.S. Army after pulling two Americans out of the line of fire.

He was commended by the Brazilian government for helping one of their soldiers in Italy, and because of that was given an award that only a handful of Americans have ever received.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Taylor turned 93.

It was a busy day as he fielded happy birthday calls, but most every other day is spent in the nursing home where his wife of 48 years, LeReta, must now live.

"We made this what it is," Taylor said. "It's awful big just by myself."

Despite all he's done for our country, and how proud he is of his service, Taylor said he's most proud of his family.

He has three children and more than a dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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