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Eugene C. Leao, 2007 

  • Branch of Service: United States Army (Airborne)
  • Service: 1943 - 1945

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:00 - Draft
2:40 - Sent overseas (missions, fighting with Germans, foxholes, injury, jump from planes, parachute problems)
9:55 - Jump lower than normal to go below antiaircraft guns, plane crash
11:08 - Fought with British Army against Germans, found empty concentration camp
13:23 - Munster surrender, German flag
15:00 - Pass to Paris, discharge
18:83 - Mood of the country about the draft and going to war 
20:05 - Has not been back to Europe 
22:10 - Family on the home front 
24:30 - Relationships with soldiers 
26:07 - Life after war

Eugene Leano Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Sioux Falls, SD. 

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