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U.S. Army WWII veteran receives drive-by birthday salute in Oceano

Posted at 1:38 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 23:42:02-04

Welcome Home Military Heroes held a drive-by parade in Oceano on Saturday for a U.S. Army veteran who fought in World War II.

Family, friends and community members drove by Robert E. Busick's mobile home at the Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort in Oceano to thank him for his service and wish him a happy early birthday.

Although Busick's 96th birthday is in October, his family wanted to honor him one month early due to failing health.

The WWII veteran said the ceremony was a big surprise.

"I can't believe it. I really thank everybody for what they are doing. There's not enough thanks to go around," said Busick.

Busick was in Troop B, 30th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and served under General George Patton, according to the event page on Facebook. He served in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, the Central Europe campaign and the Battle of the Bulge.

He fought through Germany and Austria, where he helped liberate people in concentration camps.

The organization added Busick was awarded four Bronze Service Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart.