Jack Beatty’s Purple Heart
Last weekend my dad gave me the original of the photo you see here. I already had a scan of it, but now it turns out that there’s a text written on the back. The handwriting says that this picture is Jack Beatty before joining the 17th Airborne as a medic, and that he was killed after the Wesel drop while tending to a wounded comrade. A purple heart was sent to his parents posthumously.
Now what does this have to do with me?
I'm very impressed by reading this article. I remember my mother very well while mentioning the 'Beatty's' with affection.
By the way,you should update your text: Jack is not longer burried at Margraten. After he was brought back to the US, a big redesign of Margraten took place (in the 60-ies)and only the remaining graves were part of it.
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