Local WWII veterans to attend Pres. Trump’s tour at Battleship NC
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two veterans who live in Brunswick County will represent the area on Wednesday when President Donald Trump visits Wilmington to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
Veterans Paul Phillips, 93, and Alex Moskowitz, 97, will be in attendance at the president’s speech on the Battleship North Carolina.
During his trip to the Cape Fear, President Trump will declare Wilmington at the country’s first WWII “Heritage City.”
Phillips is a veteran who served on the USS North Carolina. He fought in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Moskowitz served in battles of Leyte Island and Okinawa as well as WWII and the Vietnam War.
Leland VFW Post Commander Gerald Decker says he couldn’t hardly believe it when the email came in, but says these gentlemen deserve all this and so much more.
“At first I thought it was a joke, I got a message out of the blue,” he said. “I think it was Thursday of last week and I wrote back that I could get my hands on a couple of World War II veterans, but who is this? And they said, ‘well, this is state’s manager, department commander of VFW’ and ‘I said, are talking about POTUS?’ and he wrote back ‘yes’ and I go ‘okay, well we can do that.'”
WWAY will have complete coverage on Pres. Trump’s visit on Wednesday.