Today’s warrior is my uncle. He was a U.S. Army, Private, in the 508 Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, Company F.
During the D-Day invasion (6 Jul 1944) Baker and his Company was dropped on the Cherbourg peninsula, Normandy, France. The 82nd was to seize the bridges and halt an advance from the west. The pilots were unable to drop the paratroopers precisely as planned. The 101st Division suffered great losses. Only one sixth of the men reached their destination points. The first regiment of the 82nd Division fared better, but the second suffered heavy supply losses — much of the division was left without sufficient arms.(My Uncle Sherman was shot on his descent) Still, both divisions managed to form smaller improvised squads, and organized themselves to wage a fight. By 0430, the 82nd had captured the town of Ste-Mere-Eglise.
Though Sherman was shot on his descent he lived until July 6th. My grandmother (who was his step-mother) received a letter from him while he was in the hospital. Unfortunately, my grandparents’ home burned and the letter was just one of the treasures lost. I’ve often wondered if he wrote the letter himself or if a volunteer helped him.
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