100-year-old WWII Veteran Honored As Officer Stands In Rainstorm


A World War II veteran was put to rest Monday in Spanish Fort, Alabama, by the 92nd Division of the Buffalo Soldiers

Private First Class Robert Lee Serling was 100 years old when he died on June 5. He was one of the handful of Black men to battle in the Pacific.

Officer Newman Brazier, of the Mount Vernon Police Department, stood in the pouring rain to honor his fellow veteran, Serling. Brazier did not know that his dedication and respect would bring him recognition.

“That’s what vets do,” Brazier said. “I felt that he wanted to be acknowledged. I felt that being from a small town like Mount Vernon… He can pass and nobody realize it and not respect it It was my point to let everyone in that area know that he was there, he was passing through, even if it was for the last time.”


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