97 Year Old WW II Veteran and former POW Honored in Holland, the UK, France and the USA
Awarded with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Order of Willem Orange Lanyard and 20+ additional honors.
Nijmegen is a city in Holland where Gene was among the 19 members of the 82nd Airborne who were sent to take the Nijmegen bridge over the River Waal from the Germans on 17 September, 1944, the first night of Operation Market Garden.
It was nearing midnight when Gene and his patrol came up against the elite 10th SS Panzer Division. The ensuing fire-fight didn't go well and after being knocked unconscious and left for dead at Nijmegen, Gene was captured.
An outraged SS soldier nearly executed him, but Gene got lucky and was saved by an English speaking SS Colonel who sent him to Belvedere Castle where he, and other prisoners, were interrogated by the notorious Nazi, Heinrich Himmler. As you might imagine, things didn't get better.
Today, I don't live very far from Gene as we both reside near Phoenix, AZ.
ATTENTION EVERYONE IN PHOENIX:
You have an amazing veteran, Gene Metcalfe, living nearby. Don't you think one of our Sports Teams should honor him at one of their games?
Time is fleeting and so is the opportunity to meet one of the most remarkable men I've ever known, Decorated WW II Veteran, GENE METCALFE.
You can see and read more about him here :
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MARCUS A. NANNINI