Leonard Witcher sits in front of the Pacific Theatre pillar at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Courtesy Photo

Leonard Witcher sits in front of the Pacific Theatre pillar at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Courtesy Photo

By LIANA SWARENGIN

Daily Press Staff Writer

Leonard Witcher was born in Quitaque, Texas, in 1922. He and his family moved to Lovington in 1929, and even though Witcher was not born in New Mexico, he considers himself a native New Mexican.

Witcher later moved to Roswell with his family, where he attended high school. At the age of 17, Witcher and a few of his friends joined the National Guard and went on to play football at the New Mexico Military Institute so that they would not have to face the draft. Witcher officially went into the service, however, in January of 1941. Throughout the year, he began basic training with the Army, and after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the United States declared war and joined the Allies in World War II. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.