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Shively man honored as 'Kentucky Veteran of the year'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Staff Sgt. Marion "Joe" Carter knows what accomplishment looks like at its highest level. 

He is a decorated World War II hero.

"He was an expert marksman," his daughter Libby Wilcoxson said.

His orders, 70 some years ago, may have been among the toughest men got in Okinawa. He had to pick up the body parts of his fellow servicemen.

But Carter's life isn't just a story in a scrapbook his family talks about with pride. The 98-year-old Shively veteran, born on the 4th of July, is still sharing tales of war, answering to some orders from his nurses, and keeping an eye out for the gals. 

"He always likes the pretty ladies," Wilcoxson said with a smile.

Like many of the people now part of what we call "the greatest generation," Carter is modest about his sacrifices.

"Everybody did their part, most more than I did," he said.

What he did won't be forgotten, and you can thank his kids, in part, for that. 

"My brother wrote a small essay. I think it had to be 250 words or less," Wilcoxson said.

The essay was for a contest called "Kentucky Veteran of the Year."

Carter won. 

"I tell you what, I can't believe it," he said.

Pneumonia kept him from the ceremony, but on Friday he got a look at his awards, and the commercial honoring him on WBKI-TV. It's a big deal for a marine who saw the worst this world has to offer and came out of with faith and conviction. 

Carter is a strong symbol for everything our country stands for, honored again, in a way that made this Veterans Day that much more special.

"I never in a million years thought this would happen," Carter said.

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