Trial by Fire and Snow: A Replacement Paratrooper at Bastogne

Vincent Speranza
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Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Vincent Speranza joined the Army during World War II and trained as a paratrooper. Three weeks after arriving in France as a replacement soldier, he was thrust into the defense of Bastogne against intense and sustained German attacks. He later participated in the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau. After the war, he taught history in NYC schools.

VIDEO DETAILS

conflicts World War II
topics Courage Camaraderie Concentration Camps Military Techniques
interviewer Mark Frankel
date 05 December 2014

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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