W.B. Woodruff Jr.


As Interviewed by Aiden Woodruff, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
"I got malaria. Nearly everybody over there got some malaria."
W.B. Woodruff Jr.

Introductory Profile: About WB Woodruff

Willard Bennett Woodruff Jr., of Willard Bennett Woodruff and Mae Stryker, is my great-grandfather and went to Burma during WWII. WB met his wife in middle school, and they've been together since. After graduating in 1942, he enrolled in A&M. He served in the Field Artillery, remembering a Texas State Guard captain from his hometown, Decatur. He left a few years later, arriving in Burma in November of 1944. WB and about 1500 other men led mules through Northern Burma. They had to open the Ledo road, allowing supplies to get into China. He now lives with Mary Louise in Decatur, Texas.