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Owensboro World War 2 Veteran Reflects on D-Day

Meet 99-year-old Clarence Redfern, a walking history book who is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Posted: Nov 11, 2021 7:10 PM

Meet 99-year-old Clarence Redfern, a World War 2 Veteran, who is among the last 2500 D-Day survivors in the world.

"Of course D-day, you didn't know if you were going to get to the other side, or whether you were going to be left in the middle, and that's one thing i remember about it"

Redfern was drafted in his early twenties, serving In the Army for 4 years, overseas for 18 months, and not once was he wounded.

"Anyhow, I didn't have a good time. But I'm home, and It's good to be home"

He shared stories about his journey, his friends, but more about life after the war. If Clarence looks a little familiar to you, he may have cut your hair before. "I couldn't get anyone to cut my hair like I wanted it, so one day i decided to trim it up, and I thought well, I need to finish it so I did. And It didn't look that bad"

From the time he was in the war, up until he retired, Redfern says he owned 6 different barber shops in Owensboro. He can still tell you where each of his shops were, and just much he made "When I first started, I charged a quarter for a shave, and fifty-cents for a cut, and before I quit I charged $10"

Clarence started a family, and retired from cutting hair, but he says he can still give a good cut.

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