Seeking information about my grandfather, Carlen Byrd

Seeking information about my grandfather, Carlen Byrd

fcewen00
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June 30th, 2015, 1:52 pm #1

My grandfather was a member of the 101 506 C company during ww2 named Carlen Byrd.  While we have his uniform, his Curahee book, his wings and such, we do not have many stories of his time during WW2.  We've heard a scattering of stories about how he and some other members of his unit broke into a prisoner of war camp to save some men they had heard were going to be killed and was bucked back to private for it, but I am trying to both confirm the story as well as find any new stories or pictures people might have.  My grandmother seems to remember someone coming to interview him about his time in WW2, but I don't know if it was Winters when he was collecting stories or someone else.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you for taking a moment to read this.L
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AlanC
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March 5th, 2017, 2:46 pm #2

Hi,

I'm writing from the UK. My mother, who is 90 years of age, says she knew a Carlen Byrd who was from Kentucky, in around 1942-44 when he was stationed near to Swindon, Wiltshire, England with the 101st Airborne division at that time. 

Does this sound like your Grandfather?

Best regards,
Alan Cordwell
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March 8th, 2017, 6:54 am #3

Google his name and unit and read everything.....does the 501 have a book? Buy it..  
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March 9th, 2017, 11:13 am #4

The 501st has a lot of books written about them, full of names. I would start there.
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June 15th, 2017, 6:39 am #5

You'd probably want to look through George Koskimaki's books. Perhaps he interviewed your Grandfather.

http://old.506infantry.org/hisrhqwwiiarticle06.html

Here's some info regarding his Parachute Class in 1942.

Good luck.

Rich
The point I was trying to make is that you have to be prepared to give to the people you lead. You must give in every way. You must give of your time, and you must be consistent in your treatment of them. You must never take from people you lead. Later, at Brécourt Manor, Compton did a fantastic job leading his men.

     
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