98-year-old Andy Negra shipped overseas in early 1944 with the 128th Field Artillery Battalion, 6th Armored Division. He landed on Utah Beach on July 18 and fought through to the end of the war, including at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Pete Mecca has documented Andy’s story and hosts this conversation with him. Canada’s Greatest History Teacher, Scott Masters, also has an excellent interview. Andy grew up in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the son of a coal miner. Drafted into the Army, he went to Fort Bragg to Basic Training, then New York for the troop ship that would take him overseas. From there, he joined the 6th Armored Division and followed it to the Cotentin Peninsula, then to Nancy, Metz and Bastogne. He was in Germany for VE Day and then served in the Army of Occupation. Listen to Andy’s saga of war and peace and returning home to build a new life.

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