RICHLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The last surviving veteran of a group of more than 90 Kalamazoo County men who fought in World War II will be honored Sunday.
Fred Spencer joined the Army National Guard in 1940.
“The reason I joined is because all my buddies I’m running around with belonged to the National Guard. So, they talked me into it,” he said Friday.
Spencer was just 16 years old when he signed up.
“I was supposed to be 18, so I fibbed a little bit,” he said. “They didn’t care how old you were in those days, you know?”
Spencer, now 93, and a group of more than 90 soldiers from Kalamazoo County trained and fought together in the Pacific Theater. They were all members of the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division of Company C’s 126th Infantry Regiment.
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