Local WWII sailor honored on his birthday
BALLARD COUNTY, Ky—Heroes do not wear capes, they were dog tags. Those words were worn on T-shirts by local people who came together to honor a local sailor on Saturday. World War II Veteran Edward Gidcumb, better known as Earl, turned 88 years old on Saturday and was recognized for his heroism during World War II.
One by one, people lined up to pay their respects to the sailor.
Gidcumb said, "I cannot ever, if I quit bawling, I could never thank you folks for what you've done for me today."
Tears, prayers and music filled the room. Many people described this sailor as the most amazing man you will ever know.
Gidcumb's son, Richard is proud of his father. He said, "Besides being my father, he's an example, he's a teacher, he's an instructor. He's good all around. He cares about people."
With another year, Gidcumb said he feels a little more blessed. "It is just unbelievable. It's been a day in my life that I will never, ever forget," said Gidcumb.
Gidcumb joined the U.S. navy just two days out of high school and served for two years, eight months and nine days. In that time, he earned five battle stars.
The Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum is selling buttons of Gidcumb playing the taps. The buttons are $3 and all proceeds will go to the museum.