BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - World War II Veteran and POW Bob Waldrop is one of our nation's finest and recently the Veterans of Dataw Island honored him as the Island's "Most Distinguished Veteran".
"Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor, like many did," said Glenn Blackburn. "He quickly found himself in England, assigned to the 306 Bomb group. He was a gunner on a B-17."
On his 5th mission, Waldrop's plane was shot down and he was captured and imprisoned for a year and half.
While it's been decades ago, the memories of POW camp are still vivid and he says he'll never forget when one of his fellow POW's was shot and killed.
"We got sewing kits through the International Red Cross and sewed a bunch of rags together and tried to make a flag and believe it or not, we had some colored chalk and we did our best to make an American flag for the funeral," said Waldrop.
While he endured a lot, he considers himself to be one of the lucky ones.
"When I came back on the hospital ship, coming in past the Statue of Liberty, you couldn't believe the feeling you had. All the guys we lost and here I am," said Waldrop.
Throughout his life, he's continued to serve others as a police officer and an advocate for Veterans.
"He represents the spirit of the service," said Glenn Blackburn. "He's a veteran's veteran. He's done so much for veterans both in Indiana and here in South Carolina with his association with the POW Chapter and the Military Order of the Purple Heart."
For his service and dedication to our country, we at WTOC salute WWII Veteran Bob Waldrop.