Carl D Beck, born in Avondale, western-most Missouri, November 1925. Enlisted 1942 in the 501st Parachute infantry Regiment for basic training at Camp Toccoa, GA. Completed Parachute school April 1943. Regiment posted to Camp Mackall, NC for advanced training. Parachuted into Normandy on morning of D-Day. Parachuted into Holland September 1944. His machine gun position outside of a Dutch town was the first point of contact on a German assault. He estimates he killed over 40-50 Germans before his ammo ran out and he and his spotter had to retreat further back into he line for more ammo. Deployed into Bastogne by truck December 1944. Occupation duty in Austria followed by 501 PIR deactivation at Berchtesgarden May 1945. Reenlisted in 1946, served with 82nd Airborne Division and 508 Regimental Combat Team until injured on parachute jump in Texas April 1953. Continued on active duty, serving tours in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Retired from active duty as MSGT Jul 1963 while on ROTC duty at Wofford College, Spartenburg, SC.