"He figured I'd try to get around and he'd have time to get away. He was wrong. I was right behind him, right under the Eiffel Tower with him. And when he pulled up, I did get him." William Overstreet
The pursuit inspired thousands of people below who witnessed the feat.The Paris citizenry actually rose up in defiance of the Germans for a period of three days, celebrating that victory. And they knew the Germans would lose the war.
The French people never forgot Overstreet's courage. In 2009, France presented William Overstreet with that country's highest award, the Legion of Honor. Overstreet was a very modest man. He accepted the medal in memory of servicemen who died in the war.
Bill was selfless. He was authentic. He knew who he was. We will never see the likes of these men again.
World War II veteran William Overstreet passed away in Roanoke, Virginia this past Sunday. He was 92 years old.