“... I recieved the most exciting radio message from my platoon sergeant. He told me that the captain had contacted him and given him orders to move and occupy Bizerte.”
Richard D. Meisky graduated from Presbyterian College in 1941. Known throughout most of his life as "Dick" Meisky, he was apparently called "Mike" in his early years, as that is the way he signed many of his letters. During World War II he served as a tank commander with the 751st Tank Battalion, received five Battle Stars, the Silver Star, and two D-day Landings, and achieved the rank of Major. Following the war, he first worked for the YMCA, and then attended the Carolina School of Banking and the Consumer Banking School of the University of Virginia. In 1953, he went to work for Hood System Bank in High Point. Hood Bank later became Central Savings Bank, and in 1978 he was elected president and chairman of the board. He was active in his community, and served Presbyterian College as President of the Alumni Board and a board member of the Scotsman Club. He was a recipient of the Presbyterian College Alumni Service Award. He died on April 23, 2005.
High Point Soldier was first to enter Bizerte
"We went on to the middle of the town and then dismounted to talk to some French. They were so glad to see us they were throwing flowers and dragging out American flags. As we were talking to them, enemy snipers and machine guns opened up on us. We were ordered to run throught the town and clean them up. So this we did."
(The State, Columbia, SC, 1943)