On August 28, 1944 the Madison Press reported
"S/Sgt Walter Perdue, a crew chief for a fighter squadron in
England, recently met his nephew Clyde Perdue who told him of his
experiences in Normandy: 'He jumped on D-day morning and landed
about a mile from St Mere Eglise. The Germans had us spotted and
were firing all the way down', Clyde told his uncle. 'We landed in
the middle of a flak area. All night our men laid low until they
could see the German troops moving. It wasn't till noon that I shot
my first German', Clyde said.
Things happened so fast that he can't remember just
what he did hour by hour. But he remembers the free haircut he got
from a Polish soldier they captured. He had been a barber on civvy
street [a euphemism for "as a civilian") and seemed glad to get out of it and gave us all free
Clyde remembers, "the roughest fight we had was
taking a strongly fortified hill. The Germans held it and it took 8
days to capture it under machine gun and mortar fire all the time.
After the battle we were sent to a rest area."
(Madison Press, August 28,