Hero Spotlight: WWII Paratrooper Marty Schlocker
In this month’s Hero Spotlight, we check in with Marty Schlocker. Marty was a Second World War Paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Division. As a Jewish soldier, his unique experience during the war is fascinating. His story highlights the horrors of war and the heroics of those who fought and sacrificed. In the video below, Marty speaks about his experience and how he barely made it out with his life. His brave actions and strength in the face of great evil definitely make him a hero worthy of the spotlight.
He tells of the harrowing moments in which he and the soldiers he stood with were surrounded by enemy forces and had no choice but to retreat. As he continues, it becomes clear that retreat stopped being an option when all avenues of escape were blocked. The only road forward was capture or possible death. In a tense moment, he narrowly avoided losing his life. In the end, he saw friends die and fellow soldiers fall, but he made it out alive. His story is not easy to hear, but it is important. Hear it in his own words below.
The Greatest Generation believes strongly that we must not forget the sacrifices made in service of our country and those who gave so much on the front lines and on the homefront during WW II. That is why we support a bill we call The Greatest Generation Benefits Act. Learn more about this important proposed legislation and sign our petition here.
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