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The United State Army turns 239

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POSTED: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:29pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:21am

Two hundred thirty-nine years ago Saturday, our nation's leaders established the continental army.

KETK spoke with one Vietnam Army veteran, to get his take on being apart of the oldest branch of the military.

Career military veterans such as Robert Whittle know exactly how much time they spent serving their nation.

"20 years, 2 months, and 17 days," said Whittle smiling.

And this day, June 14th, was his branche's day, the U.S. Army.

"It gives me goose bumps to talk about it you know, just something I always wanted to do and I just, when I got out of high school I was allowed in the military I spent my young adult life in the military," said Whittle.

When he hears that number, 239 years, he says it leaves him in awe to have been apart of this branch that has stood the test of time.

"You swell up with pride, we want to keep going, we got to keep going, there's only one thing to do and that's protect this country," said Whittle.

So on days such as this, Whittle and many other Army vets don't throw a big party, but rather just gather together, and remember.

"They chewed some of the same dirt I have so we all know what it stands for," said Whittle.

But for men like Whittle, that knowledge is often difficult to vocalize, but the pride they feel, as members of the original military branch, will always be part of who they are.

"I can't put it into words what it means it just, something you feel right there, and you can't take that away from us," said Whittle.

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Just the Northern 1/2 is that old.

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