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Ralph Z. (Zig) Boroughs - Hq Hq Co

I was a member of the enlisted reserve corps. I witnessed a demonstration parachute jump by airborne soldiers.

When I was inducted into the army, I immediately volunteered for the paratroopers.

After basic training training, I completed parachute and demolition training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

I arrived in England on June 6th 1944 which was D-DAY.

I was assigned as a replacement to the 508th, taking the place of a casualty in the Normandy invasion.

I served throughout Operation Market-Garden (Holland invasion.) and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and in the Roer valley of Germany, all with the demolition platoon of Regimental HQ Company.

After victory in Europe I taught Algebra.

I was discharged from the army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on November 7th 1945.

I accepted a job as a teacher of math and science and coached the boys and girls basketball teams at Alta Mater Pickens high school.

I served 12 years as a Baptist minister.

I earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Master of Science Education degree, and Doctor of Science Education degree.

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