A Veteran Remembers
There is no doubt that World War II veteran James Dixon loves his country. He talks with pride about his service during the war, and also sacrifices made by the people so troops could have necessary supplies to carry the battle to the enemy.
And, at 96 years of age, he would be willing to take up arms to defend the U.S., if the need arose.
“I think I could still pull a trigger,” Dixon said.
He was raised in the Seattle Community, which is now part of Fort Hood, and was attending Flat High School when his father fell ill. He dropped out of school and found a job in Temple to help feed his family. About a year later Uncle Sam came calling and Dixon found himself in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
After brief stops in Dallas and Mineral Wells, Dixon was shipped to Miami for basic training followed by ordnance training in Tampa.
Eleven months after being drafted, Dixon boarded a ship for England as a member of the 394th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force, 587th Squadron.
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