For those who served
I recently had the privilege to take 11 students to court, the county museum, the old jail, and other places of historical interest in our hometown. We visited in the home of a WW II tail gunner who crash landed in his B-24 bomber in the Netherlands. He was thrown out of the plane, but survived. He was held by the Germans as a POW. He was to be executed by the SS, but German soldiers stopped them.
It was a thrill to sit down with my students and have them listen to my friend’s first-hand account of these experiences. I was glad to have him autograph some WW II books and to tell him, “Thanks for what you did for my freedom,” as I shook his hand again.
I am glad that 60 years from now some of my students may be able to tell their grandchildren about this veteran from WW II.
Dan Manka Fairmont, WV