The students of Presbyterian Christian High School were honored by the presence of a World War II veteran Monday at their Veterans Day assembly.
"I want you to know that I'm not a hero," Robert Lash began. "I did the same thing 15 million other young men did."
Robert Lash spoke to the captive audience and recalled his experience as a prisoner of war during WWII. Lash was raised on a farm in Michigan and enlisted in 1942 with hopes of becoming a pilot. Partial color blindness prevented him from flying, but when an opportunity to become an aerial gunner arose in March 1943, Lash jumped at the chance. After training, he was sent overseas.
Soon after, German forces shot down his plane and Lash was forced to strap on a parachute for the very first time. He jumped from the flaming aircraft, not knowing what dangers awaited below.
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