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East Texas city honors 107-year-old World War II veteran

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Hill was presented the keys to the City of Henderson on Tuesday (Source: KLTV Staff) Hill was presented the keys to the City of Henderson on Tuesday (Source: KLTV Staff)
HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - The second-oldest World War II veteran was honored today in East Texas as the city of Henderson named April 22 E.E. Hill Day.

The 107-year-old Henderson native gave many days serving his country and his community.

“It means the world to my brother and I and to our entire family. We never would have thought this would have occurred,” Audrey Young, Hill’s daughter said.

He was drafted at age 35 into the Navy at a time when blacks were not treated equally.

“At the age of 35, he knew the danger he was getting into. As an African American back then, he didn't get treated as he would today. We owe him so much,” Congressman Louie Gohmert said.

He is known as a man of character with a relentless work ethic. Still today, his two children pick him up and take him to his home where, at the age of 107, he still mows his own lawn.

Gohmert presented Hill with a flag he had flown over our nation’s Capitol in his honor. Hill was also presented the keys to his hometown.

With a laugh, Hill quipped, “In case I get thrown out.”

"His son says he doesn't drink alcohol. He doesn't smoke and his son says 'I’ve never heard daddy say a cuss word.’ So we are talking about an extraordinary human being much less an American and East Texan,” Gohmert said.

Hill will turn 108 on August 20. His son Ray also served in the military during the Vietnam war.

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