Joe Powers is in his nineties now, but when he was just 21 years old, he was a part of Company A in the 506 Parachute Infantry.
His job was to parachute into German forces during the invasion in Normandy. Powers said he was the first to jump, and was separated from his company for several hour. He said, “When I jumped out of the plane, I was the jumpmaster and I was supposed to have 15 to 20 guys behind me but they got hung-up in the door with their equipment and I came down all by myself and there goes the plane with nobody coming out of it."
Powers lives in East Peoria now. He said he still keeps in touch with his buddies from the war. He plans to talk to some of them on the phone for the anniversary.
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