As soon as he would shake your hand you knew you were in the presence of someone special. His posture, eye contact and grip were just some of the ways you knew you were in the presence of greatness. I always wondered, was he born that way? Or did his experiences in WWII reveal it.
Kind, calm, fearless, strong. Even into his late 80s he was so impressive. He was thoughtful and extremely articulate. I wanted to talk with him forever. I wanted to hear every story. I wanted to know his take on the news of the day. What an incredible sense of right and wrong! Just when you thought you could predict his opinion, his depth of character would unveil a perspective most would completely overlook.
I worry for us. I fear we’re losing all our Bill Colemans. This is from our last interview before he passed away. The 70th anniversary of D-Day is a fitting time to share his story. His experience was stunning, incredible and very difficult for those of us born later to even imagine. I’m so glad we have this story. I want to remember Bill. Whenever I worry that we’re forgetting what it is that makes this country great I’ll always have this to look back on. I hope you will, too.