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 World War 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 prisoner of war. 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 firsthand account of these experiences. I was glad to have him autograph some WWII 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 WWII.
Miles City and
Fairmont, West Virginia