WWII Vet Shares Story at St. Louis County Meeting

Posted at: 01/22/2013 6:28 PM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 10:18 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

The St. Louis County Board meeting started a little differently Tuesday at the Industrial Town Hall. A World War II veteran's story was shared.

It's part of a new initiative headed up by Board Chair Chris Dahlberg. The idea is to highlight the county's history through people and places. The information will also be shared with the Saint Louis County Historical Society.

The first story was one about Robert Givens from Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps when he was 18 years old.

While on his sixth mission, his plane went down. He fell 13,000 feet before hitting the water. He broke his back, but survived. He described waiting to be rescued as a turning point in his life.

"I said my prayers," Givens said. "I said, 'Dear Lord please, take me home to my mom and dad. I won't smoke anymore. I'll go to church every Sunday and I'll never drink again as long as I live. I made a lot of promises to the Good Lord'."

Givens was also given a birthday cake at the meeting because he just turned 89 years old.