Biloxi native finds out his uncle is WWII hero

A mindless Google search led to a family discovering their family member is a hero.

One day, retired Air Force veteran John Lindsley decided to Google search his family to see what kind of information he could find.

Much to his surprise, he discovered that his uncle, Lt. Billy Vincent, was known as a hero in La Motte Fouquet for saving their town during World War II. During a run, Vincent saw a German convey. He attacked it, destroying the equipment before his engine failed. “He was shot down and when he bailed, his chute caught the tail and he went down with the plane. He was killed, but he was alive for just a little bit and the town actually tried to help him but they couldn’t, the Nazis were coming in. He took the road out of all the heavy armor coming into the town, so he kept the Nazi’s from coming in with their equipment, so they consider him a savior of their town.”

After digging up his p-47 Thunderbolt plane named ‘Sweet Shirlee,’ they found a rock in the same area of the crash and built a monument from it in his honor.

As if the discovery of his uncle’s heroism wasn’t enough, Lindsley said officials with the town invited his family to come to France for the ceremony they hold each year to remember his uncle’s bravery. In August, Lindsley and 10 of his family members will make the trip over. “It’s just a story of a forgotten hero, and of course for us the pride is that it’s my uncle, but we are so excited about going and representing the United States in France at a ceremony for their hero.”

While in France, the town is going to name the street that Lt. Vincent saved after him, which is the first time a street in France has been named after an American.

If you would like to contribute financially to help send the Lindsley family to France you can donate to their GoFundMe here.

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