Tom Alley

– Charlotte, NC
102nd Airborne, D-Day through Germany’s surrender

A Charlotte native, Alley was among the first paratroopers in the Army to yell “Bill Lee” during training jumps in honor of Dunn native, William Lee, father of the Airborne. He was also among the first to arrive at Camp Mackall, which was under construction. Then, from the foggy, early morning hours of D-Day, when he and fellow paratroopers flew through anti-aircraft fire and missed their landing zones, through the Battle of the Bulge and the surrender of thousands of of enemy troops in Germany, Tom Alley saw it all.

In this excerpt, Tom Alley, from Charlotte, NC, describes jumping into Normandy on D-Day.