Remembering a D-Day hero

Capitol Review

If you open any history book about D-Day, you’re likely to read about Harrison Summers.

The West Virginia paratrooper parachuted behind enemy lines 75 years ago, and became a legendary hero when he led a team of 15 soldiers in an assault on German barracks against 100 or more German soldiers.

The odds were so overwhelming that only two members of his team followed Summers into the building. Summers killed dozens of the enemy, and took the barracks.

He was nominated for the Medal of Honor twice, but got passed over. He passed away in 1983.

But Anna Wiernicki reports Summers’ only son, Richard, carries on a battle to see his father finally recognized with the nation’s highest award for heroism.

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