WWII Veteran James Megellas Returns to Berlin
Writing for RealClearDefense, Meredith Walker, a member of the Board of Councilors of the EastWest Institute, tells the story of WWII 82nd Airborne Veteran James Megellas.
Megellas recently returned to Berlin after being invited as a guest of honor for the Ceremony of the Federal Government for the Resistance Fighters on July 20. At age 100, Megellas is still active in spreading his experiences of the war and maintaining the legacy of those who fought against the Nazis.
Megellas was a platoon leader in the Italian and Western European Campaign during World War II. He served as part of the Allied Forces during the occupation of Berlin and its liberation in 1945. In battle, Megellas demonstrated extraordinary bravery and resilience, single-handedly destroying a German Mark V Panzer Tank and combat jumping into the Netherlands during a mission. He is the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne.
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