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War’s memories remain poignantly painful for Decatur WWII vet

May 27, 2014

    In the summer of 1942, Adams County saw a contingent of 56 men depart the local area for physical exams in anticipation of being sent to various U.S. Army training facilities and eventually ending up participating in the European corridor battles during World War II.    
    One of the 56 local boys was Virgil Bixler, an employee of Central Soya, who had only recently married his sweetheart, Garnet. The World War II veteran recently recalled the occasion in anticipation of attending the Memorial Day ceremonies and Veteran’s Wall dedication at the county courthouse Monday morning.
    Bixler stated 18 of the 56 men who left the county in service to their country failed to pass the stringent physical exams required by the government, while the remaining 38 were sent to training camps around the U.S. before being shipped out to Europe. The majority of those men served in the Army’s 80th Infantry Division, although not together or in close proximity to each other du ring the war.
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