Sergeant First Class Herbert McCarter served a full career in the military, 21 years in all.
The West Knox County native served in both World War II and Korea and even helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp. Afterwards, Sgt. McCarter spoke little of his time in the service.
Sgt. McCarter passed away a while back, but his younger brother wanted to make sure his service to his country didn't go unrecognized. So he enlisted the help of local historian James Dee.
Dee turned to the office of US Rep. John Duncan, II who pulled the service records of Sergeant 1st Class McCarter. Dee then began researching his service and recommended the medals and badges to be placed into a shadow to honor him.
Among the medals included were: Army Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory, World War II Army of Occupation, National Defense Service, Korean Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, (Republic of Korea) War Service Medal.
On June 25, the shadow box was officially presented at Congressman Duncan's office. John McCarter was on hand to honor his late brother.
"He never did talk about it. He never did say nothing," said John McCarter. "We didn't know nothing until we got all the ribbons and stuff. Then we started reading."
"Obviously his family, especially, are very, very touched by this whole thing," says Congressman Duncan. "They wanted to honor him and get all this together for his wife and his children."