Veterans tribute planned

Union County residents can learn more about the story of a World War II hero at a program planned for this weekend.

The Union County Historical Society plans to present a Veterans' Day tribute Saturday, Nov. 14.

The program, titled "Tail Gunner!", is set for 1 p.m. at the VFW's Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 near Anna. The event is free and open to the public.

The post is located off old U.S. Route 51 just north of Anna.

The program is being sponsored by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society as a way to honor the nation's fallen soldiers on Veterans' Day.

The program will feature a slide show and talk by historical researcher Alan Kirby of St. Louis.

The program is a tribute to local veteran Donald Davis, who was killed in action during World War II.

Kirby, a high school teacher and self-described history detective, has been researching the crew members and the pilot of the B-24 Liberator bomber since 2002.

Davis was the tail gunner on the bomber, which was shot down over Germany on March 23, 1944.

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