Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Great Grandfather

My Grandfather served as a Private First Class in the 343 Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division of the US Army during WWII. He was killed in action on April 29, 1945 during a battle on the Inn River while his platoon was advancing into Friesing, Germany. He returned fire on about 50 German soldiers while other members of his platoon moved into a better position to drive the enemy away. His Sergeant stated in a letter to my Grandmother that, ‘Manuel kept fighting after he was hit several times. I can say that he was a very brave man and that probably several men owe their life to him.’ He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. It is because of men like him that we have the freedoms we have today. As a family, we want to say thank you to all the men and women that have served and are currently serving our nation. This is a picture of my Grandparents taken July 1, 1940.

This was written by my Father (who doesn't have a blog - yet).


Emmy said...

I remember when you and I went through that box together...that was so fun, and interesting! And so long ago! :-)

Ashley said...

Yes, I remember too. :-) It was so long ago!

Barbara said...

What a nice tribute to your grandfather. He came to America as a very young boy and became a citizen so he could join the army to help protect his family and the land that he loved. The freedoms we still enjoy today are the direct result of brave men like him who were willing to give their all. May we never forget their sacrifices and always remember to thank those who have served and are still serving our great country today. May God continue to Bless America.