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all too true, the 82nd gets its due at last
on March 9, 2012
My father was a member of the 82nd, first in gliders and then as a paratrooper, seeing action in Normandy, the Cotentin Peninsula, Holland and the Bulge. He was given two Purple Hearts and the three bullets he took in January 1945 disabled him, although to see him you would never know that. He worked for the dept of the army for nearly thirty years before an all too early death. The absolute highlight of his life was his service in the 82nd and he groused at me, a professional historian, that all the news went to the 101st, for, as he pointed out "getting surrounded." He rarely talked of specific things from that time, yet the most vivid one was revealed when he talked about having to cross the causeway at La Friere as a member of Easy Company, ? battalion, 325th Regiment. I have read a number of narratives of this action but he told me something that stuck with me. He claimed that his Captain, Charles Murphy, wept before sending the men across, in what was one of bravest and deadliest actions of the war. I have never found confirmation of this story, which in my father's case involved the man in front of him and good friend being decapitated while running down the causeway. According to my father, most of the men in his platoon, the first of Easy company to go, were killed or wounded. I was thrilled to find that the author tells this story about Murphy, for as far as I can tell, the first time. It was a moving moment for me to find confirmation of this war story of my dad -- now buried at Arlington, along with my mother, an Army nurse. This is an amazingly thorough work, truly well done military history (believe me, a rare thing from my perspective) and at last this division, really the best and the brightest, has now been well served. I wish my father was still alive to see it. excellent, excellent work, it brought tears to my eyes.
sean moran, dept. of history, oakland university