Sixty-eight years ago on Aug. 15, James Maynard Pile, a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, landed on a battlefield in France during World War II. Upon landing, he was shot in the chest.
“But his best buddy found him and God took him the rest of the way,” his wife, Doris, said Thursday. “He was lucky to live.”
On Wednesday, Pile died at Hardin Memorial Hospital. His wife of 65 years believes he waited for his 90th birthday, wedding anniversary and the anniversary of his landing in France before passing, she said.