Parachuting into Normandy on D-Day

By Leah Kirstein

Published 04/03 2014 06:47PM

Updated 04/03 2014 06:57PM

PUNXSUTAWNEY, JEFFERSON COUNTY - "Scared, scared, and the smell. That was an awful smell there" said Walter Hurd when WTAJ asked what he remembered from D-Day.

At just 19, Walter Hurd parachuted into Normandy. He stayed overseas until the end of the war.

"I was the first guy in our outfit to meet up with the Russians. I was about 19 miles above Berlin at that time and that's where all of them later, on we found all of them Jewish and Polish people in them prisons. Man what a sight that was" he said.

For years, he did not talk about the war. In 2004, he returned to Normandy and came back telling more of his story.

"The people over there. They treat us like we are kings and queens" he said.

He and his sons are heading back for the 70th Anniversary of D-day.

The trip will cost $5,000 and the Big Run VFW is pitching into help.

"I don't know of anybody else that has parachuted into France on D day we figured. We have a little bit of money and we thought this is a once in a lifetime opportunity" said VFW member Bob Lott.

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