The Odyssey Of A Purple Heart Vet
by James Beverly Willis
9" x 6"
This is a true, intriguing love story of a young soldier for his Creator, family, and country. As a young boy growing up on the back roads of a farming community in rural Indiana, James and his brothers were taught many skills that came with farming as well as learning to hunt. His dad taught him how to use a rifle well and even how to listen to the woods and nature around him; because of this youthful experience he earned the "Expert Rifleman" badge in the army. He was an outstanding friend, a man of unique character, James was a person who could always be trusted to "have your back!" Although he was an ordinary young man living in an extraordinary time, he never lost the sense of who he was at heart-and his faith in God. His quiet, unassuming, yet engaging personality propelled him to a different world he never knew, or could have ever imagined. The reader will be amazed and intrigued by the stories told in vivid detail- captured through the eyes of a young soldier while serving with the 77th Infantry Division of the army in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
James B. Willis graduated from Indiana University School of Education in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics. Additional studies earned him a certificate also to teach general elementary grades. He then completed studies in School Administration at Indiana University Graduate School in 1952 which certified him as an elementary and high school principal in the Indiana Schools. Previous credits transferred from Purdue University and later studies at the University of North Carolina contributed to the administrative degrees. Mr. Willis worked in the above areas of certification in the Indiana Public Schools for 30 years.