HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - When Paul P. McNeil of Hattiesburg began delivering mail, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, Rock and Roll was still a new form of pop music and television shows were in black and white.
That was June 27, 1959.
Friday, McNeil, who still delivers the mail in the Hub City, was recognized by the U.S. Postal Service for 55 years of continuous and dedicated service.
Postal managers, fellow employees and retired letter carriers gathered at the S. 40th Ave. Post Office for a party in McNeil's honor.
McNeil, 75, was presented a plaque, a letter of commendation and other gifts.
"When I started, we were all walking (on our routes)...no vehicles to deliver mail out of, except for a special delivery vehicle and parcel post," said McNeil. "Other than that, all the routes walked. (Today) is just another day for me. I just thank God that I've gotten this far," he said.
"It's an honor for me to just be here and help celebrate with him," said Michelle Jordan, Hattiesburg Postmaster. "I'm very proud of him. He's a dedicated employee and nobody deserves this more than he does," she said.
McNeil said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.