Saint Catherine's Church
R. Burgett (A Co, 1st BN, 506th PIR, 1943-1945):
These troopers are all from Able Company, 506th PIR. The
group sitting and
standing in center of photo is 2nd Platoon, Able Company. I am
right, 2nd row, under the wrought iron protruding from the front
wall of the
The 2nd man from the left sitting in the first row is 2nd Platoon
Ted Vetland. 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Able Company is sitting
in the far
rear with their backs to the wall. We had completed our mission
the tall buildings in Eindhoven of possible enemy, found none,
in front of the church to board British tanks to patrol the outer
Eindhoven, which we did for two days. Our first night out we
of Eindhoven by German bombers dropping flares then bombing.
Our tank patrol is described in my book, The Road to Arnhem : A Screaming
Eagle in Holland .
The tall man standing next to me in the 2nd row was a new replacement
just before our jumping into Holland. He was of Polish descent,
miner from Pennsylvania. I do not recall his name, but he was
seriously wounded or killed shortly afterward.