World War II Vet Thomas Rollins
World War II U.S. Army veteran Thomas Rollins puts on his old uniform in the bedroom of his Altamant, Tennessee home. "It feels like it just happened a few years ago" when he wears the uniform, Rollins says.
The jacket isn't his original. Rollins says he gave away his Army-issued Eisenhower jacket to a man in need during cold winter weather in Chicago and never saw it again. While attending Labor Day WWII re-enactment in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., a stranger overheard his story and told him he'd send him a replacement. Rollins never expected the jacket to arrive, but the stranger followed through and sent him a replacement. It fit perfectly.
Rollins is a veteran of the United States Army who served with the 28th Infantry Division in the European theater. He was drafted in 1944 and served until 1946 before enlisting an additional 3 years in the Army Reserves.
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