“The Snow Turned Red”: A Paratrooper Remembers Bastogne

Vincent Speranza
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DESCRIPTION

This is Mr. Speranza’s second interview with the West Point Center for Oral History. Mr. Speranza returned to provide more details of his time as a paratrooper during World War II. He discusses airborne training, the opening phase of the 101st's stand at Bastogne, and his homecoming. Pay attention to the story of how the last words from his father before Speranza left for basic training sustained him through German artillery barrages.

VIDEO DETAILS

conflicts World War II
topics Military Techniques Courage Nazi Germany
interviewer Kyle Hatzinger
date 04 December 2015

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

name Vincent Speranza
service Army
unit H CO, 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Division
specialty Airborne Infantry, Machine Gunner
service dates 1943 1946
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