Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World War II veteran honored

John Leather was part of the 17th Airborne Division that saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.  He was honored for his service at The Static Line All Airborne Awards Festival, which recognizes war heroes from America’s airborne units.

Mr. John Leather
By Kevin G. Gilbert

Mr. Leather was turned down by the Marine Corps and Navy because he had flat feet.  However, in 1943, he was drafted by the Army, and as he put it, "... they took anyone who was warm and breathing."  Volunteering for paratrooper duty, he earned his wings just after the D-Day invasion took place.

He has an amazing story (like all veterans) and it is well worth the read.

The entire article can be found here :