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Senator Meets WWII Veterans In Rising Sun

Posted On August 21, 2014

Guest article by P.G. Gentrup

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(left to right) Bush White, Captain Bill McClure, Senator Joe Donnelly and Bill Rowling. Photo by P.G. Gentrup.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly stopped by Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 on Wednesday, August 20, to visit with World War II Veterans Bush White, Captain Bill McClure and Bill Rowling.

Bill McClure  served in the South Pacific in WWII in the Philippine Islands and was instrumental in getting the Honor Flight Program started here in Southeastern Indiana back in 2008.  He was one of the four wreath presenters at the Tomb of the Unknowns on that first trip.  Bush White and Bill Rowling will be two of the wreath presenters on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Senator Donnelly is going to come visit with them while they tour Washington, DC.

Bush White went ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944 on D-Day.  Bill Rowling was a belly turret gunner on a B-17, the Iza Angel, that was shot down in Feb. 1944. resulting in Bill being a Prisoner of War in Germany for the final 15 months of the war.

These three are members of the Greatest Generation and Senator Donnelly’s office has video taped them and taken their stories for an oral history project that the senator is very interested in.

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