Memorial Day is a time to remember the military heroes who died in service to their county, but there are still some heroes from WWII that are with us. We need to hear their stories.
Andrew Biggio, a Marine rifleman, was filled with questions about the costs of war. When he returned from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, he began collecting stories from the people who would have the answers to his questions — WWII veterans. Those stories were compiled in his book, “The Rifle: Combat Stories from America’s Last WWII Veterans, Told Through an M1 Garand.”
Late last year, Biggio moderated a panel of WWII veterans at the American Veterans Center Conference 2022 where four heroes spoke about their war experiences.
Robert ‘Boots’ Chouinard
Landing on Omaha Beach on D+5, he served with the 128th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion across France, later sent to secure the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, eventually advancing into Germany.
U.S. Army veteran of the 87th Division at the Battle of the Bulge, participated in the liberation of Buchenwald.
Veteran of the 101st Airborne, serving as a machine gunner at the epic siege of Bastogne, serving through the remainder of the war. Celebrated for his famed ‘beer run’ at Bastogne, filling his helmet from the tap of a bombed-out tavern to run to comrades.
Paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Div., fought at the Battle of the Bulge and jumped into Germany in Operation Varsity.
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As a bonus, you can watch as Biggio takes Bob White back to his drop zone in Fluren, Germany, 77 years later.
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