In U. S. Army, World War II on December 11, 2013 at 1:38 am
This was Pvt. Jiggs Yeager when he was in boot camp at Fort Monmouth, N.J. in 1942. He was 23 at the time. Photo provided.
Jiggs Yeager was a sergeant in the 39th Signal Battalion attached to the 26th Yankee Division, part of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II.
In Cold War, U. S. Army on December 9, 2013 at 1:38 am
Pfc. Dave Lea is all bundled up aboard a landing craft off Thule, Greenland, during the height of the Cold War in the mid-1950s. Photo provided
Pfc. Dave Lea of Englewood, Fla. spent much of his time in the service in the most boring place on the planet — Thule, Greenland.
In Purple Heart, U. S. Army, World War II on December 6, 2013 at 1:38 am
This is Sgt. James Broner of Englewood, Fla. at 21 when he was discharged from the U.S. Army in October 1943 after losing his left leg during the battle for New Guinea. Photo provided by James Broner
For James Broner of Englewood, Fla., Dec. 7, 1942 is a day he will always remember. That was the day his older brother was killed by a Japanese machine gunner and he lost his left leg to a sniper’s bullet. Both incidents took place within hours of each other a few hundred feet apart at the Battle of Buna, New Guinea during World War II.