WWII Veteran to younger generation on voting, “at least you have a choice,”

James Mills, 91, voting today in Vandalia. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)
James Mills, 91, voting today in Vandalia. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Among the hundreds of voters that cast their ballot at First Baptist Church of Vandalia–one didn’t have to wait in line.

“It’s hard to turn down when you can’t stand long,” he added, “But I wasn’t going to say no,”

James Mills went to his polling location like everyone else.

“We got in line there, and somebody from the desk came back and said come up over here,” Mills said.

An act of kindness by workers at the polling location. Allowing the 91-year-old man the chance to skip past several dozen in line.

Mills served in the 106th Infantry Division in World War II. He tells 2 NEWS he was on the front-line in the “Battle of the Bulge” in 1944.

A battle where nearly 19,000 American soldiers were killed.

He was taken in as a prisoner of war.

“There were thousands, and thousands of people killed. Our job then was to go in and haul out bodies. For part of February, March, and part of April we’d begin to catch up,” he said.

He says he never expected to make it out of Europe alive.

“I wouldn’t want to do it again if I don’t have to.”

Sacrifices he made more than 71 years ago–for all of us to have this moment to vote.

“All I know is that the younger voters should at least take a shot at who you want in there. And then keep track of what’s going on so you know who you want to vote for the next time,” he added, “At least you have a choice. Some places don’t have that choice.”

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