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Cape Verdean WWII Vets Honored in New Bedford

TSM – WWII Cape Verdean veteran John Costa looks at recruit photos with his wife, Edith.

In addition to the Recognition Day parade, the New Bedford Cape Verdean community received an added honor this weekend. Cape Verdean veterans of World War II were recognized in a ceremony held at the Whaling Museum Friday evening.

89-year-old Antone Sebado served overseas in 1943, and was one of many to land on Omaha Beach. He tells WBSM News segregation stretched into the armed services at the time.

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Sebado says it was very humbling to be recognized , as he received no recognition when he returned home from overseas.

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Over 100 photos of area Cape Verdean veterans were on display at the museum. Retired judge and WWII veteran, 100-year-old George Leighton addressed fellow veterans during the ceremony.

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