PVT Roy Upton Talhelm
G Co. 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
Wounded June 8, 1944;
died of his wounds on June 12, 1944
Probably among the youngest to die at Normandy, my father, Roy U. Talhelm, was not quite
18 when he succumbed to his wounds. Like many other young men at that time, he enlisted
[with an altered birth certificate!] to serve his country. His company, G/506 of the famous
Screaming Eagles, was due to land on Drop Zone D where German soldiers had set a barn ablaze.
Being off course most likely extended his life for those few days. Although I have never been
able to confirm this, I believe he was mortally wounded in the battle to secure the bridges
over the Douve River.
I have no memories of my father as I was a baby when he left for England to prepare for the
Normandy Invasion. He saw and held me only once and on that occasion, I cried, so I am told.
They were not the last tears shed to be sure, by me or the many other orphans and their
families, whose lives were forever changed by the loss of their fathers. It remains a loss
that truly does last forever.
-- Donna R. Pile --