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
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.