Thursday, May 24, 2012
A member of the World War II Army unit memorialized in the book and HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" has paid a visit to Fort Riley.
Eighty-nine-year-old retired Staff Sgt. Earl McClung stopped at the northeastern Kansas post Wednesday to meet wounded soldiers at the Warrior Transition Battalion complex.
McClung, who now lives in Colorado, served with E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Members of Easy Company parachuted into France on D-Day, fought through the Battle of the Bulge and reached Adolf Hitler's Eagle Nest retreat.
McClung talked to the wounded soldiers about his own deployment and the importance of getting help upon returning home. He told the station he believes today's wounded have gone through more than he did.