PFC / 5th Ranger Battalion / Company D
BAR Gunner / Ranger Infantry
Heart, Combat Infantry badge, European Campaign Ribbons with 3 battle
stars and a Presidential Unit Citation with 2 clusters
1944 to October 1945 under the command of Captain George Miller
Father, eighteen years old, volunteered to join the Army in
March 23, 1943
. As he was in the
courthouse filling out the necessary paperwork, his father, Oscar Red,
was on the other side getting the court to approve a farmers deferment
that would release my Dad from serving in the war.
Well, we all know how that
March 1945, my father was wounded in
at the battle of Irsch-Zerf. Half
the men killed in the entire war were killed in nine days of fighting
this battle. One of the goals was to block the enemy from getting
supplies to their front line. As my father lay in the back of an
ambulance he glanced up just in
time to see General Patton. Despite
artillery bursts all around, the General was driving by in an open top
Tribulski and my father were very close.
My Dad refers to him as a prince of a guy.
Frank was a combat veteran when they met. He looked out for my
Dad and helped him to be a better soldier.
My father felt secure in his presence.
Harms was a leader; he was always the first scout sent out on missions.
At the end of the war he became a Staff Sargent.
My father said Don was the bravest guy he ever saw, always
volunteering to do whatever needed to be done.
These two men were calm in the face of danger and my father said
he was darn glad they were there.
dressed in your field jacket facing enemy tanks marked with German
he missed most of all:
missed his family and his mothers cooking, but did not miss driving the
mules on the farm.
is he today?
Red lived with his wife of 57 years, Hazel Duncan Red, in
until she passed away
May 22, 2002
is currently receiving supportive care at the VA
Nursing Home in
lung cancer. He has 2
daughters, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
father possesses the honor and integrity that Tom Brokaw speaks of in
his book, The Greatest Generation. He
is smart, straightforward and believes the best of people.
would like to give thanks to all he served with, including the
“deadeye” sharpshooter from
, John Antwine.
to my father and to all the Rangers…you truly lead the way!
by his daughter: Connie Red