Murray F. Moorhatch
D Company, 2nd BN, 506th PIR
1943-1945


items/information courtesy of Thomas D. Potter
[son of PVT George L. Potter, Jr. (E Co, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, Feb 43-Nov 45)]
London

Hyde Park, London, 1943 one month
after getting back with U.S. Army

Murray Moorhatch joined the US National Guard in February 1941.
He subsequently deserted the Guard and joined the Canadian Army,
sailing with the Canadians to England in 1942. When the Americans
finally arrived in England, he approached a US Army MP in London
stating, "Take me to your leader!"




Parachute Jumping School Certificate

For the next year Murray worked at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces
(SHAEF)
until he heard of the need for paratroopers. Murray volunteered and attended the 101st
Airborne Division Parachute Jumping School
at Chilton Foliat, England, graduating November 4,
1943
. His Jump Certificate was signed by Herbert H. Sobel, Captain, 506th Parachute Infantry,
Assistant Commandant
. Sobel, who had been the first company commander of Easy Company,
2nd BN, 506th PIR
, pinned on Murray's wings.

Murray was assigned to D Company, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, and on D-Day, jumped into Normandy,
where he fought with paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division in Sainte Mere Eglise. He made his
second combat jump near Eindhoven and spent the next few months "on the Island."




Bastogne Foxhole

Murray standing in an E Company foxhole at Jacques Woods, Bastogne

On December 16, 1944, Murray hitchhiked to Paris from Mourmelon, France,
got married on December 17th, and then trucked out to Bastogne on December
18th with Easy Company, 2-506th PIR, whom he fought with until the 28th of
December, when he was wounded so badly by shrapnel that he spent the next
10 months in hospitals in both England and the US, until he was discharged from
the Army on October 5, 1945.




Oval Office

In the Oval Office with President George W. Bush


More of Murray Moorhatch's story is told in a
December 21, 2004 Army News Service article.





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