Jim Carroll, Paratrooper 101st Airborne

Jim Carroll, Paratrooper, 101st Airborne, WW II D-Day Jump into Normandy, Operation Market Garden, Bastogne - Battle of the Bulge.
See the Minnesota Historical Society's Greatest Generation webpage with an interview about Jim's D-Day Jump into Normandy.
In Bastogne Jim was in a foxhole for thirty days around Christmas of 1944. The ground had a frozen crust but you could get past that and dig the foxhole. Jim never saw a German tank, but they had Bazookamen. His older brother kids him that he "rescued" him when General Patton's Third Army tanks broke through to relieve Bastogne. Jim said they were doing just fine without them but he was glad to see Patton's tanks. The foxholes were outside the town and some paratroopers preferred one person in a foxhole and some preferred two. It got to below freezing and the nights were very long. It was overcast a lot of the time so they couldn't get airdrops of supplies. The pilots did not want to airdrop the cargo to the Germans and they were afraid the airdrops would land in German lines.
(Jim comes to the Wednesday 8th AFHS-Mn Luncheons when he can and is very interesting to talk to.)