WWII vet Bug Paschal honored for his service – Part I

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
World War II veteran Jennings Bryan “Bug” Paschal Jr., of Mexia, flew to Washington D.C., with his son Joe at the end of September to view some of the military monuments honoring veterans from different wars and conflicts.
The trip was courtesy of the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to show respect for veterans in this way, providing honor for their service and closure to their experiences.
Bug, 92, and Joe left for Washington on Friday, Sept. 29, but the story starts 74 years ago, when the veteran was a teenager, fresh out of high school. Although he was born Jennings Bryan Paschal Jr., he was “Bug” to family and friends. The date was December 1943, and World War II was in high gear, when 18-year-old Bug received his Army draft notice in the mail. He had graduated from Corsicana High School at age 17 the previous May and was living with his parents, Jennings Bryan Sr. and Daisy Paschal, and working his first job, at a local bank. With patriotism running high across the nation, Bug did not feel negative about the Army’s demand on his life.
“I think everybody was gung-ho back in those days, ready to go,” he said recently, “and I was probably one of them.”

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