From my previous post, you know that I visited the Sarasota Airport when the historic World War II airplanes, the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang Fighter were in town. I chatted for quite some time with a World War II veteran, Bill O’Brien, who told some interesting stories of his years serving our country. He returned from World War II as a combat-wounded infantryman and became a four-sport letterman — track, cross country, basketball and baseball at Central Normal College, renamed Canterbury, in Indiana. When he was no longer able to run, he poured his passion into bowling and carried a 172 league average well into his 80s. Always looking for thrills, he celebrated his 85th birthday with a tandem jump out of an airplane. Although turning 89 in 2014, he is still quite active. Bill bowls weekly in a bowling league and is writing a book, “Life of a Dogface – World War II Infantryman,” which he hopes to have published in 2014. While telling some amazing stories about the beaches of Normandy, he turned around, pointed to the B-24 Liberator and said, “Although I was in the fox hole, I always had a dream of being in the B-24.” He is one of six still living out of 120 in his unit.