Veteran speaks at Pisgah

Special to the Mountaineer
By Cadet Rachel Brooks | Dec 04, 2012
Photo by: Donated photos World War II Platoon Sgt. Paul Willis visited Pisgah High School at the invitation of the Pisgah ROTC.

World War II Platoon Sgt. Paul Willis visited Pisgah High School Nov. 30 to share his experiences and memories from the war. Willis, who is 92 years old and resides in Canton, fought overseas in the Netherlands, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and other battles.  Willis spoke to more than100 students at Pisgah High about his experiences in the war.  He shared photographs, flags, poetry, medals, books, and even the type of shrapnel that hit him in the chest.

His military uniform was impressive, including the boots that took him many miles during the war through the snowy Ardennes.  The boots that he wore were the same boots that he wore 70 years ago.

He showed a Nazi flag with a swastika that he got from a window in a house. Willis also had a piece of shrapnel that hit the ground beside him in war and a piece of a parachute that a German paratrooper used to jump from a plane and was captured by Americans shortly after.

The history that was shared from this inspirational man touched the lives of many Pisgah teenagers and opened their eyes to the reality of World War II.

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