Ekins selected as Fourth of July Parade Marshal
WWII vet to represent all Jasper County Veterans
Junior Ekins enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18 as many of his brothers in arms were dying on the island of Guadalcanal.
He took part in four beach landings in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and was twice awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the war. To this day, the former maintenance supervisor at the Maytag Corporation rarely talks about his war experiences.
That's what made Junior's latest mission — as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Newton Fourth of July Parade — so daunting.
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