Burlington Woman Remembers Husband, WWII Vet With Rare Find

10:55 PM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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Burlington, NC -- Wednesday marked the 69th Anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, or D-Day, and one local woman remembers the day for more reasons than one.

Esther King, of Burlington, is learning more about her husband's experiences in World War II.

Her husband, Jim, fought in the war, but his commanders did not allow him to invade Normandy with the other troops on D-Day--they said he was too young; not to mention, it was his 18th birthday.

Her husband, Jim, never shared many war memories with her before his death in 2009, but Esther learned more about his time overseas with memories he saved in their home.

When the couple moved into their house together, Jim brought a packet of old newspapers and documents that Esther never paid much attention. One day, while cleaning, Esther decided to look through the box and saw a newspaper folded inside-out. When she went to fix the paper, she saw the headline "HITLER DEAD" in giant letters across the cover page.

Esther had found the May 2, 1945 edition of the military newspaper "The Stars and Stripes," reporting the death of Adolf Hitler.

As she continued to look through the clippings, she found documents detailing Jim's deployment and an article about a baseball player in a German league who went by the name "Ridgerunner King."

Turns out, it was talking about her husband.

But, Jim wasn't only recognized for his baseball. He was a decorated war veteran.

The veteran received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star, Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Army Occupation Medal, along with several other honors for his time in the military.

WFMY News 2

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