Thus far, 2012 has been a very good year for DeFeet. We were honored in Dec with the Small Business of NC Award, followed by our Presidential E Arward in April. I have been doing some Keynote speeches as a result. A few weeks ago, I was greeting the folks after with a handshake, I met a guy I will never forget. As I was shaking this spry elder statesman's hand I noticed that he was wearing a pin on his lapel. I though it looked like a Bentley emblem, so I asked "is that a Bentley logo". The wise man said, "no this was my pin from WWII". Now, he was thanking me for speaking! I said, Sir I thank you for your service and your bravery. Knowing very little about this brave soldier I had to inquire about his experiences. The handshaking line was still long, but now this man had ALL of my attention. Mr. Cash told me a few signets of his time in the European Theater, and his colleagues would tell me even more. He said that he was a pilot of the B-24 Liberator and that he flew something like 24 sorties over Germany. His colleague told me that he was shot down twice. I was totally in awe of Mr. Cash. I gave him a DeFeet catalog and Mr. Cash said he would come down to DeFeet and see our HQ. I was so looking forward to this. Today I learned that Mr. Cash passed away just recently. Apparently he fell and as a result we lost yet another brave WWII veteran. One of the guys from his office just sent me an email and said Mr. Cash had our catalog on his desk and was looking forward to come to our office. I was crushed, I was so looking forward to meet with him. I have been all over the world, and I have met many VIP in my travels. But Mr. Cash I must say, YOU were the one that made me want to be a better man. Thank you ever so much for your bravery, thank you for all that you did for our country. I wish you God Speed Sir. RIP
Lt. Paul S. Cash Circa 1945
This is part of the email that I just recieved.
"Thank you for your kind words. Mr. Cash was a true hero in every respect. Kind, caring and humble. He rarely spoke of his war experiences, not because he didn’t like drudging up old memories, but because he didn’t want to seem like he was bragging. He successfully crash landed a B-24 Liberator bomber twice, saving the lives of all his crewmen. On one instance the whole crew had bailed out except Mr. Cash, his co-pilot and one other crewman. That crewman was getting ready to bail and accidentally spilled his chute in the plane, preventing him from being able to jump. Mr. Cash made an instant decision to stay with his crewman and try his best to land the plane. Had he decided to go ahead and bail out, the crewman with the spilled chute would have been doomed. Mr. Cash successfully put the plane on the ground, albeit it a little roughly. He was injured pretty badly and captured by axis forces. He was rescued a day or two later by the Yugoslav Partisans and nursed back to health. His valiant efforts earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, and he also received a Purple Heart. He was a wonderful role model, coworker and friend and we all miss him dearly. I have attached a couple of photographs that I thought you might enjoy."
Yes Mr Cash, You are the Real McCoy! Thank you.