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WWII vet profiled in WRAL documentary dies

Posted April 6, 2011

— A World War II veteran who took part in a Flight of Honor last fall died this week.

Hugh Gaither Shearin, of Rocky Mount, died on Monday at age 86.

Last October, Shearin was one of about 100 World War II veterans who took a daylong tour of the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., thanks to the nonprofit Triangle Flight of Honor.

He was one of three veterans profiled in a WRAL News documentary "Stories of Honor."

Shearin fought and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany's Ardennes Forest. He was a member of the 106th Infantry and received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Star medals.

He went on to become a businessman in Rocky Mount and active member of several churches and community groups.

He and his wife of 66 years, June, had two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


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  • GWALLY Apr 6, 2011

    Rest In Peace soldier...a true patriotic American..!!!

  • Southern Girl Apr 6, 2011

    May you R.I.P. Thank you for your service to your country. God bless you and your family.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 6, 2011

    Thank you for your service...

  • Parrot Ice Apr 6, 2011

    To the Shearin family: We are all proud of your father,grandfather,and husband for his dedication and survival. His story was extremely moving and thanks to WRAL it was captured for future generations to hear and see. Mr. Shearin said it best; War is awful but people need to know what really went on.

  • lec0257 Apr 6, 2011

    God bless your family. Glad he was able to see the memorial. Say thank you to a veteran for the freedom we have today.

  • Skywatch_NC Apr 6, 2011

    RIP Mr. Shearin and thank you so very much for you and your comrades' service for our country in the name of freedom. God bless your family.