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San Diegans honored at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

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Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial honors a father and son with side by side plaques. Photo: News 8's Jeff Zevely Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial honors a father and son with side by side plaques. Photo: News 8's Jeff Zevely

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Two San Diegans were honored Wednesday at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial for their distinguished careers in the Marine Corps.

The installation of two plaques honored the late Marine Sergeant Major Jean "Cheesy" Neil, and his son, Marine Brigadier General Mike Neil. Both are San Diegans and each had highly distinguished careers in the Marine Corps.

"Cheesy" Neil served with the Marines for 30 years and, during WWII, he was involved in many of the most historic battles during the Island Campaigns. Mike Neil, a highly respected leader of Marines, served in the jungles of Vietnam where he was recognized for his unwavering courage under fire and awarded the Navy Cross. He later served as the Commanding General of Camp Pendleton during Desert Storm.

General Neil is also a respected attorney who is interviewed often as a CBS 8 legal analyst.

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