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Veteran gets birthday surprise

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Dwight Weir joined friends and family to watch more than 20 car, truck and firetruck loads of people drive past his home near Elks Drive Wednesday, July 29, providing a birthday surprise drive-by celebration. At age 83, the Navy veteran has recently been battling health issues.

He served as one of the Veteran’s Day Parade grand marshals in 2019. In 1944 Weir was assigned as a gunner’s mate on the U.S.S. Columbia, a 610-foot, 13,100-ton light cruiser nicknamed “The Gem of the Ocean.” While there he survived three kamikaze attacks in four days and participated in several battles.