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Oklahoma WWII veterans honored a year early of 75th anniversary

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TULSA, Okla. - 50 to 85 million people were estimated to have died in World War II. Historians have deemed the war the deadliest human conflict in history.

Tulsa's Channel 8 is proud to say 855,070 people who fought for our country are still living today and 11,515 of them reside here in Oklahoma.

The "Greatest Generation" Celebration was held, Saturday, in their honor at the Crowne Plaza Tulsa-Southern Hills.

Among the global war heroes, was Tulsa native and U.S. Army veteran Linton James. He said it was his first time at a "Greatest Generation" event in the state.

"Being a member of the greatest generation it made me feel honored and proud," said James.

The University Village Retirement Community, who hosted the event, wanted to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the war's end a year early to salute as many living Oklahoma veterans as possible.

"It's surprising because I didn't think there was this many of us left," said James.

Throughout the ceremony, veterans and their visitors watched clips of videos, catching a glimpse back to the war.

"It does bring back memories some that I had forgotten, some that I'm glad I did forget, but today brought some of those back," said James.

James said he later went on to serve in the Korean War and Vietnam War before retiring in 1977.

"Any time anyone goes through three wars it's nothing but history making. And you feel blessed above all to make it and I made it."

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