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HERBERT S. SELLERS, II

Herb was born and raised in Jacksonville and served during WW II, enlisting at Camp Blanding in October of 1942. He was assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division and at the age of 20, he parachuted behind enemy lines in the pre-dawn hours of D-Day at Normandy.

Before retiring from his military service he participated in the preservation of history by recording some of the audio used in exhibits at the WWII museum in Camp Blanding.

After retiring, Herb also ran his own business for years with his wife's bookkeeping assistance including a service station he owned on the west side of Jacksonville located at the southeast corner of 103rd Street and Ricker Road.


(courtesy of "Johnny")

Grave marker for Herbert S. Sellers in Section 9 West of the Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville (Duval county), Florida.

Herb enlisted in the Army at Camp Blanding, FL on 23 October 1942.

He was assigned to Company E, 508th PIR and following basic training the regiment moved to Ft Benning, GA for jump school.  He was declared a qualified parachutist on 5 March 1943.

On 4 March 1944 Pvt Sellers was transferred to Hq 2nd and then returned to Company E on 12 December 1944.  He returned to the U.S. aboard the Queen Mary arriving in New York City on 11 July 1945.

His military awards include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in the Normandy assault.

On 1 March 1948 Herbert joined the Florida National Guard as an enlisted man and was based at Camp Mackall, FL where he had undergone basic training in the 508th.  On 26 June 1950 he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer, JG (W-1). 

in 1953 WOJG Sellers was listed as an Assistant Motor Pool Officer in the 211th Infantry Regiment, FL Nat'l Gd.  He was promoted to CWO (W-2) on 1 September 1953 serving as a Communications Officer.  He was further elevated to CWO (W-3) on 25 June 1960 and served as a Recovery Officer, Co D, 758 Ordnance Battalion (Armored Div).

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