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WWII vet profiled in WRAL documentary dies

Posted April 6, 2011 11:10 a.m. EDT

— 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.