World War II Veterans express support for troops

Friday, April 4, 2003
Dalton Taylor and Bill Evans, World War II Veterans

J.B. "Bill" Evans and Dalton Taylor, both of Caraway, are World War II veterans. They expressed their support of the military serving in Iraq and the need for new leadership for the people of Iraq.

Evans served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945. He was with an amphibious force sometimes called a suicide squad.

"We came from the sea and were the first on the beaches," Evans said.

Taylor served with the Corps of Engineers building bridges. He served in Germany, France and England. Taylor said he was behind the lines and did not see actual combat.

When asked what they thought about the live news media coverage of the war, they both agreed that it is good to keep the American public informed on what is going on.

Taylor found it interesting listening to a woman pilot being interviewed.

We did not have women pilots in World War II," Taylor said. "I think it is okay as long as they can do the job."

Evans said the Australians had women serving on their ships.

"We could see them aboard working when we were passing," Evans said.

The weapons have also changed over the last 50 years.

"We had M-I's (rifles) and now we have everything," Taylor said.

Evans pointed out that like World War II, the military will have to do what has to be done.

"Americans need to demonstrate for our military instead of against it," Evans said. "We need to support our military all we can."

Taylor said our American troops have been too trusting.

"When the Iraqi soldiers are coming out wearing American suits or waving white flags we have trusted them and that has got a lot of people hurt," Taylor said.

When Taylor got out of the military he was a Tech 5th Grade, and Evans was a Boatman Mate 3rd Class.

Both men were 19 years old when they served in World War II but said at the time they did not think of themselves as young as they see the troops of today.

"I'd go back in a minute if I was able," Evans said.

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