BRISTOL, N.H. — A group of New Hampshire police officers showed their gratitude to a World War II veteran with a special send-off.

WMUR-TV reports ( ) it all started when Hill Police Chief Tim Stevens pulled 96-year-old Harold Sheffield over during a traffic stop in June. Stevens, a 20-year Marine veteran himself, learned Sheffield served as a Marine Raider during World War II. The Raiders are revered as the first U.S. special operations forces.

Stevens gathered other police departments to escort Sheffield as he prepared to travel to San Diego for a Raider reunion. Sheffield, who is one of the last surviving Raiders, was appreciative of the support. The humble veteran says the experience on Interstate 93 was “beyond explanation.”

Sheffield stayed with family in Massachusetts before flying to San Diego on Monday.

Information from: WMUR-TV,

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