Lieut. Paul N. Berry, Richmond,
successfully made his fifth and qualifying jump last week at the
parachute school at Fort Benning, Ga. This tactical night jump completed
his parachute jump training which lasted the standard four weeks and
which included jumping from towers 250 feet high and learning completely
the technique of safe parachute jumping and landing. He has earned the
right to wear the coveted wings and boots of the U. S. army's most
modern soldier. the paratrooper.
[The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, 01 Dec 1943, Wed, Page 2]
Paul Berry, UVM Star Athlete, Reported Missing
Unseen Since D-Day; Jumped Over France . With
Special to the Free Press
RICHMOND, . July 27. Capt Paul N. Berry (shown here),
for- University of Vermont former football and baseball star, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John C. Berry of this town, jumped with his paratroop outfit
over France on-June 6, first day of the invasion and has not been heard
A graduate of the UVM college of medicine in 1942
and battalion surgeon in the paratroops, he was promoted to captain the
day before D-day and his disappearance. A war department telegram to his
parents notified Mr. and Mrs. Berry that Capt. Paul Berry "has been
reported missing in action since June 6 in France. If further details or
other information are received you will be notified promptly."
While in college, Capt. Berry played baseball and football,
captaining the nine in his senior year. He was a third baseman. On the
gridiron, he played a number of spots in the line and backfield.
He. received his bachelor of science ; degree from the university in
1939 and doctor of medicine three years later.
Four days after completing year's internship in St. Mary's hospital
in Brooklyn, N. Y., Capt. Berry was in training at Carlisle barracks,
Perm., with other doctors going into service. In Oct., he joined up with
the paratroopers jumping with them and finally going overseas as their
[The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, 28 Jul 1944,
Fri, Page 2]
Hartwlck--The marriage ol Miss Madeline J. Smith, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. O. Alonzo Smith of Hartwlck and Dr. Paul N. Berry, ot San Diego,
Calif., took place December 15 \n San Diego, The couple Is living at
1101 Lorna Blvd., San Diego, while Dr. Berry is stationed at Mercy
[The Oneonta Star.
Oneonta, NY, · 27 Dec 1951, Thu, Page 6]
Paul Berry, Richmond Is Twice Captured by Germans
Nazis Finally Leave Him and Others Behind;, Former UVM Star Athlete May
Now Be On Way Home After Harrowing Experience
. Twice captured by the Germans and hiding out
seven or eight weeks behind the Nazi lines in France are experiences
Capt. Paul N. Berry (shown here), former University of Vermont football
and baseball star, told his parents,. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Berry of
Richmond about in a letter they have just received from him in France.
Capt. Berry is a graduate of the UVM college of medicine in 1942 and
battalion surgeon in the paratroops jumping with the men.
The letter was the first word the parents had of their son since he
was reported missing he jumped over Normandy with his spearheading
parachute outfit spearheading the invasion. It follows:
Dear Folks, Am now behind the allied lines
for the first time since D-1, that explains why you haven't heard from
me before. Might explain that I haven't been wounded and am in
reasonably good health even though food was scarce on the German side.
In all was captured twice by the Germans, the first time late D-day when
I carried a wounded boy off the drop zone on my back. Escaped that time
after some 20 hours of captivity and hid out behind the German lines for
some 7-8 weeks with another wounded para-trooper whom I cared for. Later
we joined six English and one American para-trooper and tried to get
back through to our lines. Result was that we had a German grenade
tossed at us 100 yards from our boys wounding six boys and I was
recaptured with the wounded. However, "God" has continually looked out
for me and I and two other American Drs. were placed in a hospital in
ChaIons, France [sic], caring for Allied wounded. On Aug. 28th, American
shells came in one end of the town and the Germans went out the other.
We then evacuated our 72 patients, aid men and ourselves. In brief, that
is the story, am now at a replacement depot awaiting evacuation to the
United Kingdom and possibly the U. S. for the Geneva convention states
that an escaped prisoner cannot fight in the same theater. PAUL
P.S. As regards spearheads, the airborne division was some 25 miles
in from the beachhead and the very tip of the spear. As General
Eisenhower says in Aug. Readers Digest "he knew and knew that we knew he
was sending some of us to certain death." However, you're good until you
draw that last breath. I haven't drawn my last one.
[The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, 28 Jul 1944,
Fri, Page 2]
PAUL N. BERRY, M.D. DALTON, Mass. - Dr. Paul N. Berry of 244 Washington Mountain Rd., Dalton, Mass. died on Jan. 13, 1998 in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
Dr. Berry was a Board Certified physician in the private practice of Obstetrics and Gyne-cology, retiring in 1988.
Born in Richmond [VT], he was the son of Genevieve Hickey and John Cowan Berry, Jr.
He graduated from Richmond High School in 1932, Montpelier Seminary and the University of Vermont Medical School in 1942.
After an internship at St. Mary's Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., he entered the Army Medical Corps serving as a Battalion Surgeon, para-chuting into France with the 82nd Airborne in the Normandy Invasion. He was twice a Prisoner of War and later was in the Battle of the Bulge in the Roer River Crossing.
After spending two years recovering from injuries received in a mine explosion he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Prisoner of War and the Presidential Citation awards.
He served residencies in OBGYN at St Clare's Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, Woman's Hospital and Bellevue Hospital, all in New York City. He was Chief Resident in Gyne-cology at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Berry was married to Madeline Smith of Hartwick, N.Y. in 1951.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Maryellen Roy of Bennington and Madeline Lasley of Salinas, Calif.; two sons, John C. Berry of Worcester, Mass. and Paul N. Berry, Jr., of Venice, Fla. and eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Berry was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Berkshire Hills Country Club and was a communicant of St. Agnes Church, Dalton Mass.
Burial will be in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Richmond, in the spring and a Memorial Mass will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the charity of one's choice or the Bennington Rescue Squad, University of Vermont Medical School or St. Agnes Church in Dalton in care of the Haason-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, Vt. 05201.
[The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, 16 Jan 1998, Fri, Page 18]
[courtesy of Barb Destromp]
Grave markers for Paul N.
Berry in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Richmond (Chittenden
A recent graduate of the
University of Vermont College of Medicine (UVM), Paul entered the
service on 3 July 1943.
On 30 November 1943, 1st
lt. Berry was transferred from the Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA to
the Medical Detachment, 508th PIR.
Captain Berry was reported
MIA on 6 June 1944. He had been taken prisoner but returned to the 508th
on 28 November 1944.
On 10 February 1945, Capt
Berry was reported as seriously wounded in action in Belgium and
evacuated to a field hospital.
On 9 May 1945, still
recuperating, he was transferred to the hospital's Detachment of
Patients and did not return to the regiment.
Major Berry was discharged
from the Army on 24 December 1946.
On 15 December 1951, he
married Madeline J Smith in San Diego, California.