WWII Vet visits fallen soldier's family

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

He came all the way from North Carolina to tell one family a story, a story about when one of his war buddies was killed in World War II.

With a little bit of luck, Angelo De Paolis tracked down the Mullins family, a family who lost Jack, their brother, during the war.

On Friday, they met for the first time to hear the story from someone who was there on the battlefield with Jack Mullins.

"I felt an obligation that somebody should contact these people," said Angelo De Paolis.

Angelo De Paolis came all the way from North Carolina to visit with Jack's family, he admits they weren't best friends, but they spent everyday together for a year, someone he calls a good friend.

Through the years the Mullins family has heard many rumors about how Jack was killed in war, but now they are hearing it first hand from someone who was there with him on the battlefield

"You never forget. I have ritual I do on May 15th, by the way. I raise the flag, and I read their names, people passing by must think I'm crazy," said De Paolis.

Even De Paolis admits he does not know exactly how or when Jack died, but he did see him on the battlefield that day when 18 soldiers were killed.

"Since then, I have always had this notion that if I hadn't made it, that those who did make it would look up my family and tell him what happened, just like what's happening now," said De Paolis.

This is not the first time De Paolis has tried to track down the Mullins family.

He was driving through Kentucky about 20 years ago, but says he could not find Greasy Creek on a map.

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