Local World War II veteran receives surprise parade on his 100th birthday

June Atkins is one of six brothers to serve in WWII or the Korean War

GILES COUNTY, Va. – This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — it’s also a special milestone for a local World War II veteran who just turned 100 years old. Hitting that century mark deserves a massive celebration, especially for someone who served our country, and the Giles County community did not disappoint.

June Atkins of Giles County was born on Aug. 23, 1920.

“That was a long time ago. I’ve lived here all my life,” Atkins said.

He lives with his wife Dora of 74 years in their Maybrook home.

“I’m the reason he’s 100 years old,” Dora said while laughing.

The couple fell in love after he came home from war. They were married in 1946. She admits it was June’s army uniform that got her attention.

“That was way back in 1945,” Dora said.

In Giles, June is known as one of the “Maybrook Men.” He is one of five brothers who all served in World War II at the same time. He was the first to be drafted in 1942.

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