Hometown Hero is integral part of Our Town's history

Published 07/12 2013 03:36PM

Updated 07/15 2013 01:12PM

RANTOUL -- Our Town is rich with history. Its Hometown Hero not only worked at the former Chanute Air Force Base as a Master Sergeant, but he's made sure to save its history in many ways.

Tony Bilek turned his job of working on planes into a hobby. For many years, he built one model with several other veterans in the area. Now it sits in the Chaute Air Museum. But, that's not all.

He's even written a book discussing how he survived one of the most violent battles during World War II. He was captured by the Japanese and spent three-and-a-half years in a prison camp, forced to work in coal mines. Bilek's book is called No Uncle Sam: The Forgotten of Bataan. He wrote it in 2003. It's available on Amazon.com.

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