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Texoma veterans honored in Durant

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Edwin Ned, Janet Tompkins and L.C. Gardner were honored for their military service. (KTEN) Edwin Ned, Janet Tompkins and L.C. Gardner were honored for their military service. (KTEN)
U.S. military veterans were honored in a special ceremony in Durant on May 28, 2019. (KTEN) U.S. military veterans were honored in a special ceremony in Durant on May 28, 2019. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- "It's good to be honored by my country," said L.C. Gardner, who served as an Army medic in World War II.

At a special ceremony on Tuesday, Whitesboro Pilot Point and Marshall County Home Health partnered with Featherstone Assisted Living in Durant to pay tribute to Gardner and other Texoma veterans.

"It makes you feel proud," added Edwin Ned, who was an Army combat engineer during the Korean conflict. 

"I worked at the communications and intelligence, and it was a secret job," said Janet Tompkins, who worked for the Navy in World War II. "It was a job that was needed at the time; I went in."

Although they never saw action on the battlefield, each said they're grateful for their time in the U.S. military.

"I got lucky," Ned said. "I missed all the combat, I missed all the action... I didn't get into none of that."

"Heavenly Father's been overly protective of me, too," Gardner added.

But no matter what their jobs, each served with distinction during the wars. Featherstone's executive director Rachel McKinney is a veteran herself.

"I think about the things that I experienced when I was overseas, and it just doesn't compare to the experiences and the places that they were, and the things they saw," she said. "It's just an honor to be able to give them that opportunity now and to make sure that they know they're thanked and appreciated for their service."

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