The War Memories of Dwayne Burns Communications Sergeant,
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
When Dwayne Burns turned 18 during World War II, he decided
that he wanted to fight alongside America’s best. He joined the paratroopers
and was assigned to the 508th Regiment of the 82d Airborne Division. Little did
he suspect that a year later he'd be soaring in a flak-riddled C–47 over
Normandy, part of the very spearhead of the Allied drive to seize back Europe.
Burns landed behind German lines during the dark, early
hours of D–day, and gradually found other survivors of his division. The
paratroopers fought on every side in a confused, running battle through the
hedgerows, finally making a stand in a surrounded farmhouse. With one room
reserved for their growing piles of corpses, the paratroopers held their ground
until finally relieved by infantry advancing from the beaches.
His memories provide a fascinating insight into the reality
of close-quarters combat.
[Paperback copy, 256 pages, Dwayne T. Burns]