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Donald Burgett

101 st paratrooper

Friday 16 August 2002

Donald Burgett was one of the first men to drop into Normandy. He was part of the 101st division, the screaming eagles.
He was supposed to drop near St Come du mont near Carentan, but like many others his plane was off course and dropped the men near Ravenoville 12 miles away. The men had been trained for such an eventuality and formed up with whoever they met. They worked their way towards their designated objective taking on the Germans were ever they met them, knocking out several gun postions and tanks. He lost many of his comrades on the way to Carentan but he survived to take part in the attack on Carentan. He was however badly wounded during the attack and taken back to England for surgery. He wrote a down to earth account of his experiences in a book called "CURRAHEE !" published by Hutchinson in 1967;

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