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Dan McBride, Jumped into Normandy on D-Day

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Interview with Dan McBride, 101st Airborne, veteran of multiple WW II battles.

Dan McBride, 101st Airborne, Paratrooper Infantry Regiment. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day, jumped into Holland for Operation Market Garden and was in Bastogne at Battle of the Bulge.

From Dan’s interview with USA Today:

I was scared to death of heights,” McBride says, “but I thought, ‘If they can do it, there’s no reason I can’t.’ So I enlisted in the Army and signed up to be a paratrooper.”

Skip ahead to June 1944, in a night sky over Normandy illuminated by Nazi anti-aircraft fire. McBride’s parachute lines got tangled with his leg, and he floated to earth upside down, landing on his head.

“It knocked me out,” he says. “When I came to, everything hurt, even my hair.”

McBride, a sniper and rifle grenadier with the 101st Airborne Division’s 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, wandered in search of friendly forces until bullets began to fly and he saw a German duck behind bushes. “I tossed a grenade up over the hedgerow, and when it went off, I ran up and gave him about 10 with the carbine,” he recalls.

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