U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) visited West Liberty Town Hall on Feb. 20 to celebrate the life and service of Paul A Kari. Jordan presented the local author with a proclamation that notes Kari’s service during the Vietnam War.
Kari was part of the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the U.S. Air Force and flew a F4 Phantom ll. He was injured after ejecting from his plane, then captured and held as a POW for almost eight years. After his service, he traveled the United States, sharing his experience in hopes it would help others.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall Of Fame. He wrote about his war experience in “The Strength to Endure, a Memoir.”
Several of Kari’s friends and relatives attended the presentation.
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