Elbert County man who fought in World War II meets President Trump

Jack Plylar, 97, shook hands with president in Colorado Springs

Staff report
Posted 6/11/19

A World War II veteran had the “thrill of a lifetime” when he met President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, according to a news release submitted by Tom …

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Elbert County man who fought in World War II meets President Trump

Jack Plylar, 97, shook hands with president in Colorado Springs

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A World War II veteran had the “thrill of a lifetime” when he met President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, according to a news release submitted by Tom Peterson, Elbert County Republicans chairman.

Jack Plylar, a 97-year-old Elbert County resident, met with the president May 30, when Trump was in Colorado Springs for the commencement ceremony at the Air Force Academy. Plylar’s meeting was coordinated by U.S. Congressman Ken Buck.

“Jack is a true American hero and has wanted to meet the president since he took office,” Buck said in a news release. “I was glad the president has returned to Colorado and we could make it happen.”

The president greeted well-wishers before leaving via a motorcade. He shook hands along a receiving line, and when the president was told that Jack was a World War II vet he stopped for a photo and said, “You look better than I do, Jack.”

They posed for a photo and Jack pointed at the president and said, “This is my buddy.”

Plylar served as a Browning rifleman in the 80th Division of the 3rd Army under Gen. George Patton during WWII. He landed in Normandy six days after D-Day and fought in every major battle until the end of the war, including being “at the spearhead” during the Battle of the Bulge.

Plylar, his wife, Betty, and daughter Peggy have lived in Elbert County since 1996. He was the first declared Donald Trump supporter in Elbert County, announcing at a precinct caucus in February 2016.

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