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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Boots worn in World War II and the Korean War are sentimental reminders for Shawn Tabor.
He received them in September when his stepfather, 89-year-old Donald Fuller, passed away. He says Donald Fuller was a man he had a special bond with.
"I joined the Air Force because of ‘Chief'. He was my high school teacher in ROTC when he met my mother, and he gave me the advice to join the Air Force, which I did," says Shawn Tabor, a retired Captain with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
89-year-old Chief Master Sergeant Donald Fuller served 31 1/2 years in the Air Force.
He began his service in World War II.
"Where he initially flew combat missions on B-25 bombers as a gunner, then he became a mechanic and for a brief period he actually served with the OSS, which is the forerunner of our CIA," says Shawn Tabor.
He would later go on to serve in the Korean War, and after that continued to serve others within the Jefferson County Public School System.
"After he retired from the Air Force, he continued public service by teaching Jr. Air Force ROTC at Westport Road High School and Waggener High School for further 8 years, so this makes him one of the longest serving chief master sergeants in the United States Air Force," says Shawn Tabor.
Now, among the medals and decorations he received over the years, "Chief" Fuller will receive a rare honor.
He was accepted to be given a full military burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.
"A very sad and emotional day where I will never forget my granddad," says 9-year-old Alex Tabor.
Shawn Tabor and his family are making the trip to Arlington for the special occasion, as they continue to hold on to reminders of him, including one of his last uniforms that he wore while serving our country.
"We do need to remember their deeds because they laid the foundation for the country we are today," says Shawn Tabor.
The family of "Chief" Fuller says they've been told Senator Mitch McConnell will be in attendance at the funeral, along with military officials, and a representative from the White House.