is Steven Bachleda, my brother, Anton Bachleda, was a member of Company
.E, of the 2nd Ranger Battalion who scaled the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc
on June 6, 1944.
Czechoslovakia, we immigrated to America, arriving in New York City on
February 17th 1939, just two weeks before Germany invaded
brother was drafted in 1943 into the U.S. Army. After Basic Training, he
volunteered to join the Rangers. After some Ranger training in the
States, his outfit was sent to England where they did some intensive
cliff climbing and additional training for their mission on D-Day.
weeks after D-Day we received a telegram from the U.S. Army stating that
Anton Bachleda was seriously wounded. A few weeks later, we received
another telegram indicating that he was missing in action. In September
of 1944 we received a letter from Anton through the Red Cross saying
that he was wounded and had been taken prisoner by the Germans, but that
he was okay.
He was a
prisoner for about a year until his camp was liberated by the Russian
Army at war's end. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star
for his action in the invasion on D-Day.
that he made it up the cliffs and his Company was able to proceed inland
for a couple of days. Then the Germans counterattacked and he was
wounded by a mortar shell and taken prisoner by a bayonet pointed at his
neck, but not before he was able to shoot a few of the enemy with his
sub machine gun.
made the Army his career and was stationed in Germany where he married a
German girl and had a son, Bernd, who joined the 101st airborne. Bernd
was killed at the battle of Khe San, during the Vietnam War on his 21st
came stateside and was stationed in different camps until he became the
Regular Army NCO at the 7th Regiment National Guard Armory in New York
City where he served until his retirement from the service after 28
years as a Sergeant Major.
passed away in 1976 at the age of 52.
Submitted May 2005
brother of Ranger Anton Bachleda