MONROE (WKOW) -- A Monroe man honors his uncle who was killed in World War II.
"Jerry was the only one that never came home. I started asking questions about my uncle Jerry and what happened to him," said Gene Dobbins.
Flash back to World War II on January 23, 1943. The crew of "The Beats Me," a B-17 F bomber flies over England early in the morning. They're headed to France to bomb the Germans. This would be their last mission together.
"They had dropped their bombs and were getting ready to turn around when one of the planes above them dropped a bomb on their plane and took the tail off," said Gene Dobbins.
On the flight is Jerry Walter Dobbins. He was just 19 years old when he died, a hero, after sacrificing his life to save a friend.
"My uncle's parachute was only a few feet away from him and the door to bail out of the plane was only five feet away," said Gene Dobbins. "He was so involved with helping the other crew members get out."
It's been 70 years since Dobbins was killed and finally he is being recognized by the country he served. Dobbin's received three war medals: The Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, The European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. His nephew, Gene Dobbins, accepted those awards on his behalf.
"It all gave me a great deal of pride. It gave me a sense of being attached to history," said Gene Dobbins.
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