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Marine group gathers for reunion in Nacogdoches to continue tradition of brotherhood

39 retired marines and spouses gathered in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE) 39 retired marines and spouses gathered in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE) (Source: KTRE)
Ed Graham observes a historical marker in downtown Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE) Ed Graham observes a historical marker in downtown Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Each year, the Texas Chapter of the 3rd Marine Division Association meets for a reunion to continue the tradition of brotherhood. This year, part of the group which include five World War 2 veterans who joined with members in Nacogdoches on Saturday.

The group's president Bob North, who served in the Vietnam War, said they chose Nacogdoches because the history the town presents.

"We share something that's very unique, and it's a thrill every time we get together with one another,” North said.

Meeting each other is what WW2 veteran Ed Graham looks forward finds joyful.

"The guys are kind of like family. You don't have to know them, but you're dealing with family reunion more or less,” Graham said.

However, the family heritage that members feel a kin to is growing smaller by the day.

North explains how of the five WW2 vets present in the visit, four were present during the battle of Iwo Jima.

"We've heard their stories. It's very emotional. Really emotional stories. And they're my heroes. But they're still here, thank goodness,” North said.

For WW2 veteran, James Krodel, his story is published in the Library of Congress.

"Iwo Jima. I was there 45 days and I got injured in my left knee," Krodel said.

After his many years of service, Krodel was honorably discharged.

Although the numbers of these veterans becomes smaller, Graham said it's what matters now.

"You miss them, but there's a lot still here," Graham said.

The group made several including historical landmarks.

In total, 39 retired marines and their spouses gathered for the reunion.

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