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In Honor of his Country and His Life

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Posted on July 1st, 2008 at 3:13 pm

As America celebrated Independence Day, Bill Macias' family and friends celebrated him and the many contributions he made to the country he nearly died defending and loved so dearly. Watch as five generations of his family gather to hear him describe his incredible World War II experiences. From the Battle of the Bulge to D-Day to liberating Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, Bill was on the frontlines of history. The experiences would haunt him for the rest of his life but he knew how important it was for others to never forget what he witnessed. 

He explains why he spent his life trying to make things better than he found them.

Bill Macias passed away on February 22, 2011, at the age of 96, with his family by his bedside. We're honored we were given the opportunity to preserve his story for future generations to honor and recognize the achievements and sacrifices of this great American. 



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  • Posted 8:18pm February 24th, 2011

    Watching the video put tears to my eyes...

    I was a Belgian war bride, lived through 4 years of occupation..

    The excitement of finally being liberated was so overwelmin, so was listening in Brussels on the radio as the battle of the Bulge raged, sitting in our kitchen with my mother,the oven on , open to try to keep warm while those brave men with Mc Auliffe held on to their positions...

    My husband did three landing with his glider: Italy, southern france and Holland, the last one... Bless him no wonder he bacame an alcoholic!...

    You just never forget...

    I'm 84 and thank God able to enjoy the computer and keep up with life as it goes...

    Josette




  • Posted 11:22am July 23rd, 2009

    God bless you for what you did for this country.

    It is really good to see a family close like Bill's.

    This love is handed down thru generations.

    I also have a close family. It is truly a blessing from God.

    Nancy-S.C.

     




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    Katy
    GB Staff
    Posted 4:38pm July 10th, 2008
    This story brought tears to my eyes -- Bill Macias is so thankful for the blessings he has in his life, and that enthusiasm is infectious.  I love the relationship he has with his wife and children, even after so many years.



  • Posted 9:49am July 4th, 2008
    I AM A PUBLISHER OF A MAGAZINE CALLED BOOMERTIMES & SENIORLIFE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. I AM LOOKING FOR FAMILIES WITH 5 GENERATIONS LIVING. IF THAT IS TRUE FOR YOUR FAMILY, WILL YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME AT SRLIFE
    @GATE.NET. THANKS, ANITA



  • Posted 10:24pm July 2nd, 2008

     It was really a blessing to see Dad along with all of us, the 5 generations, we all keep in touch with him mostly on a daily basis. We all love him very much.  From his son Gilbert.





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