90-year-old Boris Osheroff lives in Silver Spring now, but during World War II, he was assigned to a secret Army unit in New York City.
Osheroff says he was surprised to learn he was doing research and development for the Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic bomb.
Osheroff was among about 150 World War II veterans honored at a special ceremony at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Among those paying tribute to the vets were Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Council President Roger Berliner, Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who all thanked the veterans for their service and sacrifice.
More than 16 million Americans served in World War II. An estimated 850 of those veterans die every day.