Remembering a fallen hero from World War II

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – People are remembering a fallen hero who fought during World War II.

Harold G. Epperson was in the Marines for about two years.

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In 1944, there was an attack.

A Japanese soldier who was assumed to be dead threw a grenade.

Epperson dove onto the grenade, sacrificing his own life and saving his fellow marines.

Epperson was 20 years old and two weeks away from his 21st birthday.

“We knew that we would never see Epp again,” said Ruth Nickell, Epperson’s sister.

He received a medal of honor after his death for his heroic actions.

Epperson’s older sister says he is a hero and is proud to call him her brother.

“His favorite thing was watermelon. So, today I hope all of you have the chance to have some watermelon and think about Harold,” said Nickell.

It’s a tradition to have a memorial service for him on June 25 at 11 a.m. because it’s the same time he gave his life for his country.