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Las Vegas WWII veteran gets surprise birthday parade

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 00:10:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Celebrating a birthday during the pandemic has been a very different experience for a lot of people. But for one Las Vegas valley veteran, the community wanted to make sure his birthday wasn’t forgotten.

“It’s my 96th no 97th birthday,” said Marvin Davis.

Marvin, better known to his friends as Marv, is a World War II veteran who fought to make the world a safer place. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1941 when he was just 17 years old. A few weeks after taking the oath, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and Marv was placed with the 49th Fighter Group with sailing orders.

“I had good times and I had some rough times,” Marv Davis said.

The bond he created with his comrades is something he says he will never forget and always wants to honor them.

“My oldest girl her middle name is after a buddy of mine that got killed, so ya I think a lot about them,” said Davis.

Marv’s warm personality and history of serving the nation is one of the reasons his community came together for his special day. Throwing him a birthday parade, with cars filled with posters, signs and balloons. All to help him celebrate in style.

“It makes me feel real humble. I think I truly believe that every world war two veteran should get accolades like I got them today, I feel honored,” said Marv Davis.

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