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Harold L. Parris - C Co.

On the 11th June, 1944 near the town of Gueutteville, France, I was crossing from enemy territory to friendly lines, I approached a German officer.

I then quietly killed the German with my trench knife.

I had dropped by parachute deep into hostile territory on the morning of D-DAY, 6th June 1944, and led 7 men for 5 days through the country side covered with German troops.

We never hesitated to engage any opposition encountered and left many German dead behind.

When we reached the enemy’s main line of resistance (MLA) it became necessary to eliminate the last obstacle by deception rather than rifle fire.

For my actions I was awarded the second highest medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.  

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