Jack Womer was a World War II veteran of high distinction. Jack was drafted into the 29th Infantry Division in April of 1941, and sent to Europe in October of 1942. Jack volunteered for the 29th Ranger Battalion, undertook training by British Commandos, and was among the relatively few men who met the extensive and rigorous requirements for becoming a Ranger. After the 29th Rangers disbanded in October of 1943, Jack volunteered to become a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and, in January, 1944, was assigned to the Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment's Demolitions Platoon, in the section known infamously as the"Filthy Thirteen". He fought with the Filthy Thirteen in the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), the Battle for Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge. Arguably the Filthy Thirteen's best soldier, Jack credits his not being injured and surviving the war to his Ranger training and God. Jack was eventually made buck sergeant of the Filthy Thirteen, a position which he held until the end of the war. He passed away in 2013.
"In this long awaited memoir by one of the squad's integral
members, Jack Womer reveals his own inside account of fighting as a
spearhead of the Screaming Eagles in Normandy, Holland, and the
Battle of the Bulge. His induction, unique training, combat
experiences, emotional and psychological impact on Womer are all
chronicled in this fascinating account.
Womer provides an amazing frank look at close-quarters combat in Europe, as well as the almost surreal experience of dust-bowl-era GIs entertaining country after country in their grapple with the Wehrmacht, finally ending up in triumph in Hitler's mountaintop lair in Germany itself."-- "Tucson Citizen"