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Local Pearl Harbor survivor gets a hero's welcome home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A welcome home party 75 years later.

A hero's welcome Sunday at the Louisville Airport as 92-year-old Charles Hocker arrived home after a 9-day trip to Pearl Harbor.

This was the first time the Private First Class had been back to the island since he was wounded on Dec. 7, 1941 after entering the army at the age of 16.

More than 30 members of the Sons of the American Revolution, patriot Guard, Vietnam Vets, and the Christian Motorcycle Association held flags to give Hocker the welcome home he never got.

Many of those have never met him, but say they needed to show their support.

"There are no words to express my gratitude for everybody. I was treated just like a king. Unbelievable attention I got," Hocker said.

Hocker was joined by 35 veterans from around the country for the 8-day visit to Pearl Harbor.

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