(Co B & C)
(Med Det) captured on D-Day, released in 1945 and didn't
lose his shooting eye!
Elmer and June Melchi - Then and Now
They were married in Nottingham on June 16, 1945 and revisited the
church on March 2, 2004.
Elmer met his wife June (nee Lloyd), of Radford, about
60 miles SSW of Nottingham) at the American Red Cross HQ in Nottingham's
Elmer, a member of Co G, jumped into Normandy and
Holland where he was captured in Nijmegen on September 20, 1944.
He recalls, "One night in one of the POW camps I was in,
bombers flew over the camp heading for Berlin and Stettin. The
guards were distracted and I thought, this is my chance, but I didn't
make it. I was shot 4 times and I still have 3 bullets in me."
The camp was ultimately liberated by the Russians.
Elmer returned to England where he defied U.S. Army rules to marry June.
They have four sons, one of whom served three tours of Vietnam.