For those who served

The Progress-Index - - OPINION -

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

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