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01/22/08 - Gilmer

East Texas War Hero Is Laid To Rest After Receiving Several Bravery Medals

A follow up tonight on an East Texas war hero who passed away this week. You may remember we brought you the story of O. J. Robertson, who was awarded several bravery medals by Congressman Louie Gohmert, in July of 2007. It was because of a U.S. Army paperwork mix-up that Robertson never received his decorations from his service in World War II. 62 years later, he finally got his recognition. But at the time, Robertson was awarded those medals, his health was failing. Today, the family of Robertson invited KLTV 7 to share in the celebration of his life and the legacy he leaves behind. Family, friends, and loved of ones said farewell to the East Texas war hero. Robertson's funeral services were held at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Gilmer. It was followed by a interment at the Gladewater Memorial Park cemetery with taps and a flag presentation to his family. Friends of Robertson say he was one of the proudest men they knew. "He was proud, proud of his family, proud of his heritage and proud of his legacy," said Reverend Steven Phippen. Robertson was awarded the North African Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars and the Philippine liberation medal.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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