Eugene F. Piurek, son of Andrew and Katherine Piurek, born 3/16/1919, grew up on Vrooman Avenue and later on Law Place with his wife and family. He was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam. Eugene enlisted in the US Army on 3/5/1941 in Albany, NY. and received his basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. On 1/1943, he went overseas. During WW II, Eugene was among the first American paratroopers to land in Normandy, France on D-Day, 6/6/1944. On 6/16/1944, Eugene was taken prisoner by the Germans, eleven days later, he was released when the American troops captured the fort where he and his companions were held. He then returned to his outfit. On 7/11/1944, he was wounded and taken to England to recuperate for one month and then returned to his outfit. Eugene was wounded again on 9/7/44 staying at hospitals in Belgium, Paris, England and Scotland where he flew back to the US landing on 1/6/1945. He was taken to Valley Forge Hospital in PA. returning home on 5/23/1945. Eugene F. Piurek was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1945 and was the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal twice and awarded a Bronze medal.