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One of the heroes in WWII was Sergeant Vernon McGarity, who went back to the battlefield to save other soldiers after being injured himself. One of the heroes in WWII was Sergeant Vernon McGarity, who went back to the battlefield to save other soldiers after being injured himself.
Less than one year later, Sgt. McGarity received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman at The White House. Less than one year later, Sgt. McGarity received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman at The White House.
A postage stamp unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013, honors the Medal of Honor recipients from World War II. A postage stamp unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013, honors the Medal of Honor recipients from World War II.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

(WMC-TV) - A special ceremony in Washington, D.C. Monday recognized a select few World War II veterans who received the Medal of Honor for their courage and bravery to our country. Vernon McGarity, of Memphis, was one of those veterans.

The battle of bulge was a German offensive toward the end of WWII, in December 1944. It became one of the costliest battles in terms of casualties for the United States.

One of the heroes in that battle -- Sergeant Vernon McGarity.

"He became wounded and he went to the hospital medic area and could have stayed but he didn't and he decided to come on back to his men," said McGarity's son, Ray.

Ray recalled his dad's service in Belgium when the wounded Sergeant McGarity went back to the battlefield.

"He was able to save two soldiers' lives in a forward position," said Ray.

His father became a prisoner of war for six months before the war ended.

Less than one year later, Sgt. McGarity received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman at The White House.

Ray McGarity remembers what the president said to his dad that day.

"He looked at daddy in the eyes and said, 'I'd rather have that blue ribbon around my neck than be President of the United States,' which is just a tremendous quote," recalled Ray.

A postage stamp unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013, honors the Medal of Honor recipients from World War II.

Sgt. McGarity passed away in May, before he could see the stamp. He was 91 years old.

"National Guard armory was named for him in Paris, Tennessee," said Ray. "At the end of the day they played taps and they took down the flag, folded it and presented it to my father and that's the only time I saw him break down. I didn't see him break down and cry many times in my life, but that was one time."

Sgt. Vernon McGarity.

A Memphian. A member of the 'Greatest Generation'. A Veterans Day honoree with a tremendous story of heroism, bravery, and courage during World War II.

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