To the Editor:
Good front page story on Bill Burch in the Dec. 10, 2008 edition of The Wilson Post.
It is totally proper and fitting that we recognize not only outstanding persons in our community, but military heroes as well. I want to relate to you just a few words about Bill Burch, from a personal view. Bill was my wife’s tennis coach at Cumberland University. She told me about his teaching methods, especially one of them, how he told his class one day, “I don’t believe any of you are going to be tennis pros.” He was right, but Bev and the others learned a lot from his class.
Later on in 1994 we talked Bill and his lovely wife Helen into giving us ballroom dancing lessons. Another couple in the group was Chris and Amanda Crowell. Bill and Helen were, to say the least, accomplished dancers. Bev and I learned a lot and have since practiced what they taught us many times.
On the military side, I am positive that Lt. Bill Burch, U.S.N. shot down at least two Japanese Zeros, the pride and super effective fighter craft of the Empire, with his F4F Wildcat during one mission in the Southwest Pacific, near the New Georgia Islands on May 21, 1943. “Missions Remembered, Recollections of the WWII Air War” book, however, says he shot down one. At any rate, he was a genuine hero and he will long be remembered.
Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.)