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Grave marker for Trino F. Maldonado in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake (Colorado county), Texas.

Trino enlisted in the Army on 23 February 1943 and went through basic training and jump school before joining up with the 508th at Camp Mackall, NC.

Pvt Maldonado was transferred to Co E, 508th PIR on 30 August 1943

On the flight to Normandy for the Invasion of France, his chute pack broke open twice while in the aircraft and he jumped with it in his arms to release it into the air after exiting the aircraft.

Pvt Maldonado was promoted to Pfc on 4 January 1945 and he was discharged on 10 November 1945. 

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