Published: November 07, 2012
WWII Veteran Shares Memories, History of Lineage With Current Generation
By Capt. Jane Wilson, 157th Infantry Brigade
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - "It was 1942 the last time I was there," Leon Tarter remembered about Camp Atterbury, Ind. "They asked if anyone wanted to be a truck driver.
Well, I was only eighteen years old, and I said yes, I wanted to be a truck driver. So they asked me if I could drive a big truck, and I said, 'yes I can.' The next day they had me pushing a wheel barrow while we were picking up trash."
The year was 1942 and Tarter, a new Soldier, had just begun his military service at Camp Atterbury. Over the next several months, Tarter would go to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and South Hampton, England and several other places on his way to Utah Beach in 1944 with the 79th Reconnaissance Troop.
Today, he is the last known surviving member of the original unit.
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