The City of Boynton Beach, Florida had the extreme honor of welcoming World War II Veteran Elliott Herring to their celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge at Veterans Memorial Park on December 16, 2014.
Considered by some Americans to be the greatest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, Corporal Herring was among the 610,000 American forces deployed to active duty. One of the survivors of a war that injured 89,000 and ultimately took 19,000 lives, Elliott is very grateful to have been blessed with 94 years to pass on the memories of his experiences to his wife Elaine (married 66 years), his three sons, and numerous grandchildren (including his granddaughter Rachel, wearing Elliott’s WWII Eisenhower jacket, pictured above with her parents, Larry and Elissa).
As a marksman, brandishing an old WWI rifle, Elliott was recognized for his ability to hit an 18 inch bull’s eye at a length of five football fields. He proudly reminisces his military experience in the Battle of the Bulge, including the assignment after the liberation to guard the German captured troops. An extraordinarily decorated American Hero, some of Corporal Herring’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, Infantryman Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and Five Battle Stars; and, most recently, Elliott was presented with the Legion of Honor from the Government of France (Ordre National de la Legion de’Honneur).
DUO Magazine thanks this Unsung Hero for his bravery and his dedication towards keeping the memories of history alive.
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