American Legion Post #288 in La Crescenta recently honored a member of the post who served during World War II. Commander Lynn McGinnis presented Milton J. Paulson with a copy of the posting as it appears on the Registry of Remembrance.
Paulson served in the U.S. Army Air Corp (which later became the U.S. Air Force) with the 313th Bombardment Wing on the Island of Tinian in the South Pacific.
The American Legion also honored Milton’s brother Russell P. Paulson who was in the U.S. Army and killed during WWII. Russell was a member of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment in England and was killed in a glider crash in England just prior to the Battle of the Bulge.
The American Legion approaches each legionnaire member who served during WWII, solicits their information, drafts a narrative, obtains an appropriate photo and then submits the information to the WWII Registry for inclusion in the Registry of Remembrance. Though the Registry is an unofficial compilation, each submission is reviewed and edited by the WWII Registry. The narrative submitted must be limited to events that occurred during WWII (Sept. 1, 1939 to July 25, 1947) and must refer to the individual being honored. In the narrative for Milton Paulson, two items were edited out of the initial narrative submitted. Paulson’s commanding officer was LTC Paul C. Tibbets, who was the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in August 1945. The other item edited out was Paulson’s opportunity to shake hands with Gen. Eisenhower when Eisenhower came to the South Pacific to meet with General MacArthur.