Paul was born February 11, 1918, near Bernie, Missouri.
He attended school in the Bernie area graduating from high school in 1939.
He attended two summer terms at Southeast Missouri State. He then taught grades
1-8 in 1940 and 1941, at the Bunker Hill School. Paul served in the US
Navy as a Navy Electrician from 1942-1945. He also piloted landing craft (LST)
on three invasions (Okinawa, Saipan's largest island in the Marianas, and Iwo Jima). His group was the first to hit the beach on
Paul married Ruby Mae Whitehead of Bernie, on
April 8, 1939. In 1954 they moved to Flint, Michigan until 1974, when they
moved to Old Town, Florida. Paul worked for the Chevrolet Motor Division
in Flint, Michigan, as an oilier/machine repairman. In February 1974 he
retired due to health problems. Ruby was employed as a head cook at
Ferrals Ice Cream Parlor from 1967-1972. Paul said " Ruby has been a
housewife the rest of these years and a darn good one too".