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(Photo of Julius Williamson, Courtesy of
Habitat for Humanity of NWI)
A Kentucky man last week generously donated to the Veteran's Build Initiative, a partnership of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council, to build Lake County's first veteran Habitat home. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana today announced David Jacobs, of Pippa Passes, was informed of the initiative by his nephew, James Williamson of Crown Point. Jacobs says his brothers and sisters migrated to Indiana from Pippa Passes in 1960 to work in the steel mills after their tour of duty was over.
Both of Jacobs brothers-in-law fought in World War II. Julius Williamson was a German prisoner in a POW camp and he survived after being held captive for over a year. He was released by General Paton. “When he was first captured he weighed over 200 pounds. A year later when he was released he weighed only 98 pounds,” recollected Jacobs, “I don’t know how else to say this but the guards would throw them cheese with maggots in it to eat and they were happy to have it,” Jacobs added.
Jacobs other brother-in-law, who is a Hammond resident took a bullet right above his heart in World War II, he also survived. Other military relatives include 2 nephews who served in Vietnam. His Uncle Ortie Jacobs who also served, was killed in the line of duty at Normandy and buried in France.
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana plans to build a home for a veteran this fall. For more information, as well as on how to apply to become a veteran homeowner, or how you can help, visit http://nwihabitat.org/
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