Manila Lions Club welcomes WW II Veteran
Manila Lion President Wendell Poteet opened the Wednesday, Nov. 6, meeting welcoming guest J.D. Forsythe, World War II veteran and POW.
Forsythe, a former resident of Manila, now lives in California where he is a retired business owner. He was a guest of Lioness Donna Jackson.
Forsythe presented each Lion member with a DVD he had made called Hitler's Atrocities. He said one of the camps in the documentary is one Forsythe spent time in as a prisoner of war. He also gave each a CD of the orchestra he is a part of in California.
"I was born here and I enjoy coming back to visit," Forsythe said. "When I served with the Golden Lions 106th, the Lion patch is the same as here at the school. In the DVD you will see one of the camps I was in. I was in 13 camps all together. When I was a prisoner of war someone had his hand on me. Everyone should watch this DVD. It really did happen."
He talked about his service and his life after the war. Forsythe was captured at the Battle of the Bulge.
"I survived," he said. "I had everything wrong with me after the war, but I went on to be in the fire protection business for 55 years, enjoy being part of an orchestra, and love growing flowers. I got into things that were beautiful to forget."
Forsythe commented Manila is changing and seems to be going strong.
Manila Lions Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the school cafeteria. They are planning their annual pancake supper on Dec. 1. Proceeds from the event help with the Goodfellow Christmas baskets.