The World War 2 Guys took part in our second annual Christ Community Church concert display on the evening of Sunday, June 26. Present at the display were Matt honoring a sergeant of the 7th Infantry Division, Jeff honoring a U.S. Navy sailor, Luke honoring a 507th paratrooper, Cody honoring a 5th Infantry Division medic, Jon honoring a Navy Corpsman, and Eric honoring a soldier of the 103rd Infantry Division. We got to take part in the ice cream social and were able to interact with hundreds of concert-goers at the event. After we were all packed up there was a great fireworks display outside the church which lit up the night. We all had a great time once again at this family-friendly summer tradition!
The evening of Saturday, June 4, the boys of B Company, 507th Parachute Infantry dropped into Normandy, France near the established 507th objective on Drop Zone T. The men of the company were scattered over a wide area due to heavy German flak as well as poorly marked drop zones. Fortunately, some of the troopers were able to find each other and form a small squad led by Staff Sergeant Krelle. No officers were found in the immediate area. After reconnoitering near a German radar station, our small band pushed to the west toward our main objective, a battery of German 88s which had been discovered by recent arial photo reconnaissance. Upon reaching the location hidden in a grove of cedar trees, we found that the guns had been moved out before our arrival. Our squad decided to hold up for a few hours to see if more lost paratroopers would arrive. We then pushed to the south and found a defensible position where we dug in for the night. Intermittent German gunfire was heard in the distance so Cpl. Hazard, Pvt. Paul, and SSgt. Krelle scouted the area to see what we could find. We engaged a small band of German troops near a ridge line to the northeast of our position and then headed back to our lines. We caught a few hours of shut eye before the sun's first rays rose to greet us. We then grabbed our gear and pushed to the north in search of the rest of the 507th. A short while later, we encountered another group of Germans who we captured and searched for intelligence. They didn't have much on them but we did enjoy liberating a pretty nice flag of theirs as a war trophy.
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