Late Frederick WII Veteran Honored by Family

By ABBY THEODROS | atheodros@whag.com

Published 02/21 2014 10:25PM

Updated 02/21 2014 11:19PM

FREDERICK, Md.-- It was a gloomy day for the Underwood family as they said their last goodbyes to their World War Two veteran father, James Underwood.

"It was a pleasure being his daughter and I'm going to miss him dearly," said Victoria Hudak, Underwood's daughter.

Underwood served in the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery where he walked the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a privilege few are granted.

"He's a hero...He served in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier back in '42. I have a picture of him and Captain Ted Lawson," said Larry Underwood, son of the late Underwood.

The image of Underwood and the writer of "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", Captain Lawson, was taken in 1942, a keepsake the family holds closely.

Underwood also served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After completing his term, he was a fire fighter and fire inspector for 35 years before retiring.

"I respect him for all he gave to his country and further more to his community being a fire man," said nephew, Glenn Ostermann.

Contributions and sacrifices that will last for generations.

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