Today for remembrance we recall the story of Joe Mann. Joe, a PFC in the 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment during Operation Market-Garden, did not know the meaning of the word “quit.” He volunteered to serve as a lead scout. He singlehandedly destroyed an artillery piece and an ammunition dump. He was wounded four times. But it was not until the next day, after volunteering once again to stand guard despite his injuries, that Joe was killed. Unable to lift his arms due to his bandages, Joe threw himself on a German grenade in order to protect his comrades. His memory remains as strong in his death as was his will in his life. In addition to his final resting place in Spokane, Washington, a monument marks the location of his death in the Netherlands, and a theatre and monument bear his name in the nearby Dutch town of Best.
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