|French Legion of Honour recipient, Ralph Ticcioni|
John Maddente photo
Ralph could easily recall the gear he carried that day, including the amount of ammunition and all the weapons he was issued which included a sidearm (.45 caliber semiautomatic pistol), several hand grenades and a Thompson sub-machine gun (which was swapped for an M1 Carbine rifle after paratroopers reunited with American supply units).
So pleased to have met this man yesterday. To all like him, living or not, God bless and thank you for defending freedom!