Gerald Paulk

101st ABN Div. 501st PIR, 2nd Bn Co. D

Gerald Paulk was on that same field as Jack Yerkes was, he remembers that there was no German resistance when they landed on that clear Sunday afternoon. When they marched of the field they came by an orchard. The Dutch lined up there to welcome their liberators. They handed out beautiful apples and some very good black bread, even with butter.

Gerald remembers most clearly how happy the Dutch were to see the American soldiers. They thanked the soldiers, they cried and tried to do anything they could to help them. Entering the town of Veghel and later also other towns, Gerald noticed that the Dutch managed to keep their streets and towns very clean. Gerald was very suprised by that.

Read about his memories of the Normandy drop here...

501st PIR patch

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