Local veteran of World War II honored recently in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 11, 2017 at 4:06 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

At the age of 18, Don Easley was drafted into the United States Army where he served from 1943 to 1945. Don was assigned to the 190th Field Artillery Division (Battery A) and was attached to Patton's 3rd Army in the European Theater. Don fought in Normandy (Fifth Wave), Northern France, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland and Central Europe.

Don was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Silver Star Award. When asked how he made it through such a complicated theater, Don said, "I survived by the grace of God. We were well- trained and in great shape. It was just luck and God's blessings that I was never hit."

After the war, Don was honorably discharged and returned home to Texas, where he met and married his late wife of 67 years, Margaret Ley. He attended the University of Texas on a GI Bill, then opened an insurance agency, which he ran with Margaret until retirement in 1991. Don now lives in Victoria, where he is blessed with four children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

As a Veteran of Combat of World War II, I was invited by the Honor Flight of Houston to attend a memorial service in Washington, D.C., in June 2017. There we were honored and remembered for our service and sacrifices. We had the privilege of visiting the memorials that were dedicated in the honor of more than 4,000 veterans.

Donald Easley, Victoria



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