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Amazing story! Paratrooper’s D-Day mission aborted when Germans captured him and comrades
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Amazing story! Paratrooper’s D-Day mission aborted when Germans captured him and comrades

Paul Demciak spent roughly four months on the European continent in 1944 — plenty of time to produce a lifetime’s worth of harrowing experiences. In the waning hours of June 5, 1944, Mr. Demciak and his fellow pathfinders with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division […]

Bill the man of strong will
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Bill the man of strong will

Second World War veteran paratrooper Bill made his final jump at the age of 93. Bill is a man of strong will whose target achieving capacity has always surprised his friends and family. Bill’s children, grand children and great grand children have played sports in college as well as professionally. […]

“I would say there was a dead or wounded soldier every 6 or 8 feet. It was pitiful,”
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“I would say there was a dead or wounded soldier every 6 or 8 feet. It was pitiful,”

All Jim Livaudais has left from his service with the 82nd Airborne are his garrison cap, his decorations displayed in a shadow box and a few photos of him in uniform. But to be honest, the 98-year-old Carriere resident doesn’t need much more to retell how he lived through one […]

War Through the Eyes of a Veteran’s Family
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War Through the Eyes of a Veteran’s Family

Beth Harpaz has been a member of a veteran’s family her entire life. Her father, David Jackendoff, was one of thousands of soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy during the invasion known as D-Day. She remembers today, leading up to the invasion’s seventieth anniversary, just what it was like […]

101st Airborne paratrooper recalls WWII days in Europe
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101st Airborne paratrooper recalls WWII days in Europe

Don’t tell Charles Hamm, World War II paratrooper, that Nazi concentration camps where millions were killed during the war didn’t exist. The 89-year-old Hamm saw the Landsberg concentration camp in Germany about 30 miles west of Munich near the end of the war. Hamm was a 19-year-old trooper in the […]

Painful Experience with Artillery Shell Recalled
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Painful Experience with Artillery Shell Recalled

A veteran of the Second World War who was directly struck by an artillery shell remembers his experience quite clearly. The man is Leslie Stainbrook, a sergeant in the American Army who served from 1943 to the end of the war in 1945. Stainbrook was a paratrooper who knew that […]

93 – year old paratrooper gets one last jump
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93 – year old paratrooper gets one last jump

Bill is a 93 year old Airborne Paratrooper WWII Veteran. He constantly amazes friends and family with his resolve and ability to accomplish goals that he sets for himself. Bill is very active and athletic. Bill says he was blessed with good genes. He has children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren […]

101st Airborne Paratrooper Turned Writer: Herbert Eggie Tells His Story
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101st Airborne Paratrooper Turned Writer: Herbert Eggie Tells His Story

Herbert Eggie and the 20 paratroopers under his command looked down through the open door of the plane as it soared above the drop zone behind German lines in Holland during WW2. The pilot lifted the tail of the plane so the paratrooper’s chutes wouldn’t catch on–but the pilot had […]

Walter Morris Was the Sergeant of the First All-Black Parachute Battalion.
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Walter Morris Was the Sergeant of the First All-Black Parachute Battalion.

    Walter Morris was one of the first black paratroopers during WWII. As an original member of an all-black 555th Parachute Infantry Company. The 555th Parachute Infantry Company was the first all-black paratrooper company during WWII. Walter Morris was one of the original members of this company which was […]

Jim Gavin: The General Who Jumped First
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Jim Gavin: The General Who Jumped First

July 11, 1943, was one of the most unforgettable days of Jim Gavin’s life. It was on this, the second day of the Sicily Campaign, that he demonstrated the courage and leadership skills that would soon propel him to become, at age 37, the U.S. Army’s youngest major general and […]