Kentucky's oldest WWII veteran laid to rest

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Friends, family and fellow veterans came to honor the oldest World War II veteran in Kentucky, and the country, who passed away this week.

"I don't think we really appreciate who we had until it was too late," says Mike Cassidy, the veteran's son.

Roscoe Cassidy was born in 1907. He served overseas in World War II until he was honorably discharged. Cassidy came home to Bath County but didn't often talk to anyone about the war.

"Never discussed it," says Cassidy. "Only with my son when he came back from Iraq. He talked about 25 minutes with him and that was it. He just said that it was a tough war, saw a lot of things that he didn't want to see, but he was glad that he did it and more than happy to do it again."

Dozens of people showed up to say goodbye to Cassidy. Friends, family and even some people who never even met him.

"It's important for us to be at these funerals and to support these veterans and show them that somebody cares and show the community that they've got a lot of people behind them," says Danny Valentine, State Captain Patriot Guard Riders.

The support from the community has surprised not only the family, but almost certainly the veteran himself.

"Shocked. He would be so overwhelmed," his son says. "It would just bring tears to his eyes to know that he was appreciated like this."

Cassidy was 107 when he passed away. Family members tell us he passed away after he fell and broke his hip last week and then developed pneumonia.

Cassidy's visitation was held at the Richardson Funeral home in Owingsville on Friday night. He was buried Saturday at the cemetery next to the funeral home.

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