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1st Lt Lester W. Pollom - HQ 2nd

I joined the army in 1942 and trained as a paratrooper.

After dropping into Normandy on D-DAY, I along with the rest of the regiment fought for 33 consecutive days without backup.

I went in with 160 men and came out with 16.

I also swam the flooded Merderet River to obtain plasma for wounded soldiers.

On September 17th 1944, we were once again airborne for the invasion of occupied Holland, and was our second combat jump.

After the fighting in Holland we were moved to Sissone, France.

On the 16th December we were moved to take part in the Battle of the Bulge.

I was a demolitions expert, in which I participated in 5 major Battles.

My awards include the silver star, presidential citation with oak leave cluster, bronze star, bronze invasion arrowhead, combat infantry badge and 4 campaign stars.

In 1994 I told the journal world in a story commemorating my role in the 50th anniversary of D-DAY, so far as Iím concerned every body in the 508th ought to have a silver star.

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