Greensboro vet says Bible in pocket saved his life during WWII

World War II veteran William "Doc" Long talks about his military service. (NELSON KEPLEY/News & Record)

World War II veteran William "Doc" Long talks about his military service. (NELSON KEPLEY/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Greensboro veteran says a Bible in his shirt pocket saved his life during World War II, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Doc Long turns 90 on Wednesday. Long says he was drafted into WWII at age 19 and almost died five times in battle.

Long says he was hit by a German bazooka in November of 1944. His Bible had been pierced by a piece of shrapnel, possibly from a mortar shell.

He says the pocket Bible – which was a gift from his aunt – saved his life. He kept it in a pocket over his heart.

Long  tells his story in all kinds of places, including a cemetery in Greensboro that is the final resting place for 1,107 American soldiers and sailors, pilots and Marines, according to the paper.

Read much more on Long’s story at the Greensboro News & Record.