TODAY, ABOUT 65 YEARS LATER, IRWIN WAS HONORED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERATION.
IRWIN AND OTHER SOLDIERS WERE SENT IN TO HELP MARINES FINISH WHAT HAD BEEN PREDICTED TO BE A 4 DAY BATTLE.
INSTEAD IT TOOK TWO MONTHS, AND HAD THE HIGHEST CASUALTY RATE OF ANY BATTLE IN THE PACIFIC.
IRWIN FINISHED HIS MILITARY CAREER AS A CAPTAIN, HAS WORKED WITH THE BOY SCOUTS FOR 65 YEARS, AND HAS NEVER MISSED A KIWANIS CLUB MEETING SINCE HE BECAME A MEMBER 1945.
IRWIN AT ONE POINT WAS STATIONED AT A BASE SO SECRET HE COULDN'T EVEN TELL HIS FAMILY HIS LOCATION.
IRWIN SAYS HE CAN'T BELIEVE HE WAS SELECTED FOR THIS AWARD.
Greatest Generation Recipient
"Well it's an honor. It's a privilege. I have read about this before but never thought I would get it."
IRWIN HAS SERVED ON THE NORTHWEST TEXAS BOY SCOUTS BOARD FOR 40 YEARS AND SAYS HE IS STILL A DIE HARD AGGIE FAN.
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