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A Paratrooper's Journey into D-Day

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(KCEN) -- A special D-Day commemoration took place at the Bell County Museum Friday night.

A retired military feature writer presented a riveting program on this extraordinary time in American history.

Bloodstained and dirty, this silk parachute wedding dress belongs to the fiancee of a young medic with the 101st Airborne Division.

His name is Bob Wright. He was one of thousands of paratroopers to parachute into Normandy on June 6th, 1944.

But Bob's story his unique...

And retired military feature writer Colonel Renita Menyhert is making sure it is not one that goes unheard.

"It's touching, it's warm, it's got that drama of being sad and yet there's funny things that go with it," said Menyhert. "Soldier's are just incredible people."

And incredible...Bob was. Within hours of landing in Normandy, he came across a old country church where wounded German and American soldiers had started to gather.

He immediately took matters into his own hands turning the church into a field hospital.

Treating an enemy force," Menyhert explains.  "He had that kind of compassion."

With the help of another medic...bob saved the lives of 80 soldiers over the course of three days.

His story is only a small part of a much bigger picture. One that would go on to change the course of human history.


"I think from then on, Bob's goal was to give his best to people, just whatever it took to be a good Christian toward anybody that he could be," said Menyhart.

Bob passed away in Dec. 2013.

But his legacy lives on in an old country church in what would become known as Angoville, France.







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