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Air Assault School at Fort Bragg renamed for DeGlopper

by jmaloni

•Taken from the Jan. 23 Island Dispatch

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 12:20 pm

Fort Bragg's recently established Air Assault School was renamed for Medal of Honor recipient and Grand Island native Pfc. Charles DeGlopper on Jan. 22.

DeGlopper was a private first class in the 82nd Airborne Division's C Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment when they landed in France as part of the D-Day invasion. In the battle of the La Fiere Bridge over the Merderet River, DeGlopper stood up firing his Browning automatic rifle in order to distract the Germans from seeing the rest of his company, who were crossing the river at a different point.

DeGlopper continued firing even after being hit numerous times. He died as a result of his actions, but the unit was able to secure the bridge, which allowed the regiment to continue to attack Chef du Pont.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps, hosted the ceremony.

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