One of last living World War II POW honored in Northern Ky.

11/11/2014 05:56 PM

NEWPORT — Every year, there are fewer and fewer living World War II veterans and some of the youngest that served are now over 90 years old.

Johnny “TV” Peluso, 91, a lifelong resident of Newport, is one of them.

Peluso saw fighting in some of the most brutal battles of the war, and was captured by German soldiers near the end of the war.

On Tuesday, Veterans Day, Peluso was honored for his service by a number of local, state and national officials in Newport which included State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg.

While Peluso was appreciative of being honored on this Veterans Day, he would like to see the public have more appreciation for U.S. service veterans.

“They should walk up to them and say thank you for your service because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Peluso.

Peluso says that he’s been haunted his whole life by some his fellow soldiers who did not come back alive.

“Guys had their arms cut off, blowed off, part of their face was blown away, you can’t forget them,” said Peluso.

Peluso served two terms as mayor of the city of Newport as well as two terms as a Newport city commissioner.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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