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89-year-old Robert White was thrown into battle when he was only 18 years old.
"When Pearl Harbor was bombed, I was in San Diego in my boot camp and they shipped us right out," White said.
He spent the next 46 months serving in the South Pacific surviving atrocities he'd never be able to forget.
"It was the most devastation that I ever saw," White said. "Never have I seen anything like it before or since and I hope I'll never see it again."
But Wednesday morning was unforgettable for all the right reasons. White and 98 other World War II veterans from Tennessee got a free trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Music City Honor Flight.
They got a hero's welcome and a day full of sightseeing in the nation's capital.
During their trip to Washington D.C. the veterans saw a number of historical monuments but to them, none was more important than the World War II Memorial.
Lisa Anderson flew with her father and took pictures of him in front of the reflecting pool.
"Coming here and getting him to come here is an experience I'll never forget," Anderson said.
"It's very impressive," said Harry stokes, a veteran. "It's been inspirational."
But there's also a somber tone at the memorial. One display puts into perspective the loss the greatest generation suffered. More than 4,000 gold stars are fixed to a wall, each represents 100 soldiers that were declared dead or missing in the war.
"I'm just amazed at the number that are there," said James Herbie Hobbs, who served in the Army Air Corps. "Saddened in a sense we lost that many people."
And as for Mr. White, he said the trip brought back all the memories he wishes he could forget, but it also created some new ones he hopes he never will.
"Altogether today was wonderful," White said. "I met a lot of good friends. Everybody has something in common here. We're all veterans and that s what its all about."
Friday, September 7 2012, 12:38 AM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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