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Stanley Kass, a member of the 82nd Airborne in WWII, died on August 10 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was 88.

Stanley, or Sarge to those who loved and knew him best, was part of the D Day invasion into Normandy in 1944. His unit, the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment or The Red Devils, jumped into Normandy behind enemy lines at night in order to destroy roads and bridges which would impede the enemy's reinforcement of the beaches the U.S. would invade the next day. He also participated in Operation Market Garden in Holland, the largest U.S. airborne operation to occur at that time. At war's end, Stanley served in The Occupation Honor Guard under the command of General Eisenhower. He was highly decorated and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1924, after returning home from Europe, Stanley lived and worked in Long Island until 1988 when Stan and his wife Leonore moved to Fort Collins, CO. Stan often spoke at local schools about his WWII experiences and the amazing accomplishments of the U.S. and allied fighting forces while always emphasizing his belief that peace is a better solution than armed conflict.

Stanley is survived by a large extended family of people who were proud of what he achieved and loved him very much. Inurnment will take place October 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

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