Danberry at Inverness is proud to serve as home to several World War II veterans, including Jim Fullerton and Don Young. The pair were recently invited to speak to students from Homewood Middle School, where they shared stories and offer words of wisdom to the young students.
The Homewood Star was on hand for the visit, and reporter Jesse Chambers put together an exceptional piece for the publication. Here is an excerpt from the story which ran on March 3…
The men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II – the biggest, bloodiest armed conflict in human history – are, sadly, dying by the thousands every day.
That made it even more special that two World War II vets made a presentation to a group of nearly 100 inquisitive sixth-graders at Homewood Middle School on the afternoon of Thursday, March 2.
Jim Fullerton, 94, and Don Young, 92, both residents of the Danberry at Inverness retirement community, shared some of their wartime experiences as members of what newsman Tom Brokaw famously dubbed “The Greatest Generation.”
Fullerton, a native of Rochester, N.Y., served as a bombardier on two B-17 bombing runs over Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corp before being shot down and spending the rest of the war in prisoner of war camps in Germany.
Don Young, 92, is a Hillsboro, Ill., native who served in the U.S. Army from March 1943 to February 1946. He did not see combat but served at numerous wartime posts stateside and overseas, including his final post as a sergeant working in accounting at the famed Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
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