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Illinois WWII veteran honored for volunteer work

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Bill Curtis, a 92-year-old World War II Veteran was surprised and named the Marion VA Volunteer of the Year Thursday at the Marion VA Voluntary Awards Banquet.

Bill has been a volunteer at the Marion VA Medical Center since 2002 and hopes to volunteer over 10,000 hours or work until he turns 100.

When bill was announced as volunteer of the year he was very surprised and came up to accept his award and simply said, “thank you, thank you so very much.”

He is a dedicated volunteer at the Marion VA Medical Center and has logged over 7,100 hours as a volunteer. 

Curtis serves his fellow Veterans and VA staff three days a week, helping incoming Vets sign in to the lab for their blood work.

He has performed several jobs around the hospital and currently escorts Veterans to the lab area and helps them sign in for blood work three days a week.

Curtis was drafted in 1943. 

He said that, after being trained and serving stateside for a bit, he and his fellow soldiers were flown to Glasgow, Scotland, then to Southampton, England, before taking a boat to France.

That's where he would join others for an eight-month tour on the battle front fighting Hitler's ground forces.

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