Local Veteran was Patton's driver

By WEEK Producer

December 8, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Those who have served our country spent part of Saturday morning in Peoria Heights being served by others.

The second annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast was held at VFW Post 2602.

Veterans got to enjoy pancakes and sausage delivered by celebrity waiters, including Tom McIntyre, Chuck Collins Marshanna Hester and Lee Hall.

But the real celebrity was 93-year-old David Markwell of Peoria, who served as a driver for the legendary General George Patton during World War II.

"He was (stationed) in Italy and Africa and he helped escort General Patton in Sicily," said Markwell's daughter, Diane Markwell. "He was on the tanks and artillery in World War II and I'm very proud of him."

The Veterans Appreciation Breakfast was hosted by State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth.