May 2010 - Paul Irwin

May 2010 - Paul Irwin

PAUL IRWIN JOINED THE ARMY AT AGE 18, AND A FEW MONTHS LATER WAS FAR FROM TEXAS ON PALAU, A SMALL CORAL ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC--- FIGHTING JAPANESE SOLDIERS DETERMINED TO HOLD ONTO THEIR STRONG HOLD.
PAUL IRWIN JOINED THE ARMY AT AGE 18, AND A FEW MONTHS LATER WAS FAR FROM TEXAS ON PALAU, A SMALL CORAL ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC--- FIGHTING JAPANESE SOLDIERS DETERMINED TO HOLD ONTO THEIR STRONG HOLD.

TODAY, ABOUT 65 YEARS LATER, IRWIN WAS HONORED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERATION.

IRWIN AND OTHER SOLDIERS WERE SENT IN TO HELP MARINES FINISH WHAT HAD BEEN PREDICTED TO BE A 4 DAY BATTLE.

INSTEAD IT TOOK TWO MONTHS, AND HAD THE HIGHEST CASUALTY RATE OF ANY BATTLE IN THE PACIFIC.

IRWIN FINISHED HIS MILITARY CAREER AS A CAPTAIN, HAS WORKED WITH THE BOY SCOUTS FOR 65 YEARS, AND HAS NEVER MISSED A KIWANIS CLUB MEETING SINCE HE BECAME A MEMBER 1945.

IRWIN AT ONE POINT WAS STATIONED AT A  BASE SO SECRET HE COULDN'T EVEN TELL HIS FAMILY HIS LOCATION.

IRWIN SAYS HE CAN'T BELIEVE HE WAS SELECTED FOR THIS AWARD.

Paul Irwin
Greatest Generation Recipient
"Well it's an honor. It's a privilege. I have read about this before but never thought I would get it."

IRWIN HAS SERVED ON THE NORTHWEST TEXAS BOY SCOUTS BOARD FOR 40 YEARS AND SAYS HE IS STILL A DIE HARD AGGIE FAN.
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