COLUMBUS, Ohio – There are only three of the original WWII “Screaming Eagles” still alive and Dan McBride is one of them.
“I didn’t do anything that no one else did. The only thing I did differently was I survived, ”McBride said.
The 101st The Airborne Division of the United States Army was founded in 1942. McBride was one of the paratroopers who landed in Normandy on D-Day.
McBride, Dick Klein and Jim “Pee Wee” Martin are honored with a special project this Memorial Day weekend.
“Here I was just a little country boy going about my business there and all of a sudden you had the two nice young girls come over there and ask me a whole bunch of questions,” did he declare.
Tracie Hunter was one of those women.
She is the director of the new documentary “A Rendezvous with Destiny”. It follows the experiences of the three paratroopers during World War II.
“Two years ago, Lieutenant Colonel Yost, he is a member of the Dutch army, he is a veteran, he came to see me and he had written a book ‘Three of the Last Screaming Eagles of WWII’ and he said, “hey, I do you know you do documentaries focused on WWII veterans, are you interested in that story?” “
This weekend, the documentary premieres at the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus.
The three men are from Ohio. Klein is from Huron, Martin from Xenia and McBride from Conneaut.
He said he was delighted to see how the project came to fruition.
“It was a great pleasure for me to be able to do that and I’ve befriended them ever since, you know they’re nice people.
McBride is 97 years old.