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WWII vet visits his old unit at JBER

By KTVA CBS 11 News 8:41 PM November 7, 2013

Vincent Speranza returns to share his experiences and meet a new generation

ANCHORAGE – At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson there’s a Nazi flag bearing the names of some who served with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during WWII.

One of those names is Vincent Speranza. He’s an 88-year-old veteran who served in Europe as a combat paratrooper. The names on the flag spark story after story: Speranza knows these men personally and even kept in touch with a few.

Wednesday, he met with a new generation of paratroopers.

“I am so proud to be with them,” Speranza said. “I’ve heard that they’ve never let the 501 down. It means the world to me to be with the remains of my old regiment, the 501. Geronimo, boys!”

Speranza will ride along in a National Guard helicopter Thursday morning to watch an airborne jump operation. He said somewhere down the road, there’s still one more jump in his future.


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