WWII veteran from NEA recognized on birthday

WWII veteran from NEA recognized on birthday

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Happy birthday wishes are in order for a World War II veteran originally from Region 8.

WWII veteran Robert Fahr turned 98 on Tuesday. Fahr was born on Dec. 1, 1917 near Marmaduke and was the youngest of 11 children.

U.S. Senator John Boozman issued a news release Tuesday celebrating Fahr's birthday by interviewing him as part of the lawmaker's 'Salute to Arkansas Veterans' series.

The series is meant to highlight Arkansas veterans and their service.

Boozman's news release states Fahr studied at the University of Arkansas and joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps before finishing his degree in veterinary medicine at Texas A&M.

"They sent me to a medical field delivery school," Fahr said of his time at Fort Sam Houston as part of the interview. "There were about 1,600 MDs and dentists and I think 12 veterinarians. We got training in field medicine, injuries and treatment of wounded soldiers on the field."

Fahr was set to be deployed overseas, but was reassigned to Baltimore, Maryland to help with preparations for the invasion of Normandy.

The veteran now resides in Conway, Arkansas.

According to Boozman, the interview with the veteran and others will be submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project is an initiative of the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation's veterans.

Watch excerpts from the Fahr interview below or by clicking this link.

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