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Richard Jagielski

Richard Jagielski

United States Army
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Richard Jagielski served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1945. He left home for boot camp and arrived at Camp Wheeler in Georgia. For three months they were in training and then sailed on the Queen Mary for the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. Once they got there, they had to have more training to be ready to take on the Germans. On D-Day Richard disembarked for the coast of France at Normandy and ended up being on the outskirts of St. Lo. This spot would prove to be the largest coordinated resistance the Germans would put up against the U.S since D-Day. During this time, Richard was severally wounded in action and was sent to the hospital. When he was released from the hospital, he was sent to Germany to work on the railroad. After returning home, he met the love of his life, Julia Horakand had three children and three grandchildren. He was very lucky to return home, be free and make a living. After all, that was what he and his fellow soldiers were fighting for. He continued to support the troops and hope that they would all return home as soon as possible.