Merle Lauer
Rank: Sergeant T4

Merle Lauer


Regimental HQ, 506th P.I.R. (MD)
Normandy, Holland, Bastogne

1942 - 1945

Survived the war?
101st Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division

A combat medic

Born in march of 1921 in Hooverville, Pennsylvania. I joined the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Toccoa Georgia in 1942. Back then Toccoa was still known as Camp Toombs.  As an original member of the 506th, i got to serve in a number of different companies such as the Rgt HQ and Service Company. My last assignment with the regiment was that of combat medic.

As i took part in every campaign of the 506th, the invasion in Normandy and the liberation of The Netherlands were among them.

In Holland, i remember we landed in Son on September the 17th 1944 on a sunday afternoon. Went the whole way through Holland. Spent some time in little place called Uden where i met a lot of really nice people. In Nijmegen (Holland) we assisted the British troops in getting their men across to our side.

During the Battle of the Bulge campaign (Belgium) i was awarded the Purple Heart twice for being wounded on two seperate occassions.  When the war was over and i was back home again, I joined the US Army Reserves where i was commissioned as an officer.

Merle Lauer

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