Cedar Park to issue key to city for WWII veterans

Hardy Porterfield pictured on left

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — As people across the nation get set to celebrate America’s independence, Cedar Park is recognizing three World War II veterans.

The jingle of tags and the sight of wings and medals bring back memories of serving in the war. Hardy Porterfield was in the Army Air Corp in 1944, serving overseas as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-24 bomber.

“Intense periods of time, our missions were 15 hours long sometimes,” said Porterfield. He also recalled the time they bombed the Japanese fuel depot and fuel supply, which he said was one of the worst missions he had to carry out.

This veteran has survived what we often only see portrayed in movies.

A memorial to honor all veterans stands on the west side of Cedar Park, however, Hardy and two other WWII vets will get special recognition this Fourth of July.

Cedar Park Mayor Matthew Powell will issue a key to the city to the three veterans.

“Making sure that the children here in Cedar Park meet WWII veterans and understand in their own little way,” Powell said of the need to recognize the men.

“It was an honor to serve the country and it’s nice to be appreciated,” said Hardy.

Hardy is grateful for the recognition, honoring his devotion as a 19-year-old, to his humbleness at nearly 91.

Hardy, along with WWII veterans Joe Divino and Joe Barber, will be officially recognized Saturday at Cedar Park’s Fourth of July celebration. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. in Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

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