Steve Politis is a 99-year-old who grew up having to provide for his family during the Great Depression. He was a track star and slated to be at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Prior to the war, Mr. Politis travels the country working as a radioman. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the Army and was put in a communications unit attached to the Big Red One. He was sent to North Africa where he witnessed the invasion of Casa Blanca from his ship then saw the aftermath of Kasserine Pass. He took part in the invasion of Sicily in which 13 men out of his 14 man unit were killed in front of him making him the sole survivor. He went on to join the Air Corp and went on 7 missions as a radar man. Out of the 7 missions, his plane went down twice, once from engine failure and once from being shot down. After escaping back to his base through enemy territory with the help the Croatian resistance. He also helped take out a radar station in Greece and saved many lives after an ammunitions ship was blown up. He went on to visit every family of the 13 men he served with to tell what happened to their sons.
I have met with Mr. Politis many times and I have the honor of becoming close friends with him. He is a MENSA member and quite brilliant and has so much wisdom to share after going through hell.
Area Served: Fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Greece
Branches: Army and Army Air Corp
Lives in Reseda