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Now the oldest living World War II veteran in Hays County at the age of 103, Bradley Davis stands at attention during his days in the Air Force. Davis and of other Hays County veterans share their stories in the documentary “Hays County in World War II,” which is being shown in Dripping Springs. COURTESY PHOTO

STAFF REPORT

Dripping Springs residents Travis Garnett and Bradley Davis are among the World War II veterans featured in the documentary film “Hays County in World War II,” which will be shown free of charge next Monday.

If you go…

  • What: “Hays County In World War II” documentary screening
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27
  • Where: Hays County Precinct 4 office, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway
  • Who: Hosted by the Hays County Historical Commission

Presented by the Hays County Historical Commission, the film is based on video interviews with Hays County veterans who served in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines during World War II. Their reminiscences about leaving the rural life of central Texas to travel thousands of miles to Europe and the South Pacific are mixed with original period photos and documentary footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the battle of Iwo Jima, the landing at Normandy, and much more.

Also included in the film is the story of the San Marcos Army Air Base that brought more than 10,000 servicemen to our county to learn navigation in the central Texas skies.

Along with Garnett and Davis, the veterans interviewed are Augustin Lucio, Bill Butts and Willie Higgs of San Marcos; Bill Johnson of Wimberley; and J.B. Wilson of Driftwood. Wren Giesen, who was a civilian employee at the San Marcos Army Air Base, also shares her memories.

The film was directed by Richard Kidd of Driftwood and produced by the Hays County Historical Commission, under the leadership of chairwoman Kate Johnson.

Refreshments will be served at the showing. For information, visit the historical commission’s website here.

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