Jack Frank was born April 17, 1925. With WWII in progress, he entered the U.S. Army on October 4, 1943. He received training as a truck driver and mechanic at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before shipping out overseas.
Charles "Chuck" Richardson, "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer"
Charles Richardson visited the NarroWay Theatre in June 2017. But in the 1940's, he was serving in the European theatre as a gunner aboard a B-17. Emily Wilson wrote his story down for us, including his recount of what he dubs his "worst mission ever," a mission to Munich, Germany in 1944. With more than 600 holes in the plane, engines out and 500 miles from England, Richardson and crew literally found themselves "coming in on a wing and a prayer."
"Doc" Eugene Deibler, a Real Knight in Shining Armor
In August of 2017, we had the privilege of entertaining a real, live Knight at the NarroWay Theatre! Dr. Eugene C. Deibler was Knighted at the request of the President of France into the French Legion of Honor in 2015 for the part he played in liberating France during WWII. Deibler jumped from a plane to land at Normandy on D-Day. Valerie Stancik shared his details with us, including what happened to the parachute he used that day.