Technical Sergeant Paul J. Andert
This outstanding American is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, who now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1940 at age seventeen, and served in World War II from October 1942 to May 1945.
He landed in North Africa in November 1942 with the 41st Armored Infantry, Second Armored Division (Hell on Wheels). There his unit engaged the French Foreign Legion and caused its troops to scatter to the surrounding hills. He also fought on the island of Sicily. He landed D-Day, June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was the recipient of a Presidential Unit Citation for that battle. He was wounded once in France, and a second time in Germany on the Siegfried Line. For his service in World War II he was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry Badge and the French Croix de Guerre.
He worked in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals at Tucson, Arizona and Long Beach, California.
He published the complete story of his experiences in World War II in his book, “Unless You Have Been There.”