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East Texas D-Day veterans recognized

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TYLER (KYTX)-70 years ago today, American troops and their allies landed in Normandy to help liberate France from Nazi Germany.

Some of those soldiers are from right here in East Texas.

Sgt. Homer Garrett joined the army when he was 19 years old and headed overseas on the Queen Mary.

"It zig-zagged ever so many times because of the Germans, they wanted to blow that thing up," says Garrett.

When the time came, he was put on a ship headed to the D-Day invasion in Normandy.

"We were a lot of people killed, and a lot of people injured too and we took it to them and won the war," says Garrett.

But Garrett never actually made it on to the beaches of Normandy.

"I never set foot in Normandy, i got blown out of the water. I was on an LST 523, it was the one that was sticking out of the water now, the only one sticking out- I was on the deck of that thing when it went off," says Garrett.

The blast broke bones all throughout his body. Because of his efforts, he was awarded a purple heart. Friday Garrett and three other veterans were recognized at the Texas State Veterans Home.

"I've been recognized but not anything like today. I feel like I'm something else," says Garrett.

Garrett's son Bob is proud of all that his father has accomplished in his 90 years.

"It's a great thing for us and to be raised by a hero is a great opportunity for us and we're very grateful for that," says Bob Garrett.

Garrett says even knowing the outcome, he would do it all over again.

"We live in the greatest country in the world and the greatest people in the world so it was worth it and if I had to go back again, I'd go back again," says Garrett.

There's no doubt Garrett continues to be proud of the country he served.

Veterans at today's ceremony were honored by the offices of Jerry Patterson, Senator Cornyn and Representative Gohmert.

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