World War II Vet Visits Wounded Fort Riley Soldiers

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. — A World War II veteran whose character appeared on the HBO series "Band of Brother" made a stop at Fort Riley Wednesday.

Retired Staff Sergeant Earl McClung spoke to wounded soldiers with the Warrior Transition Battalion on post at the WTB complex Wednesday morning.

McClung, now 89, was assigned to Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division between 1943 and 1947, during which time he parachuted into France on D-Day, fought at the Battle of the Bulge and climbed up to Hitler’s Eagle Nest retreat.

He talked about his three-year deployment and the importance of getting help upon returning home. He also answered questions about his character on “Band of Brothers”.

After lunch, McClung and a handful of WTB Soldiers went to a shooting range in Junction City to test their marksmanship skills.

"They’ve gone through a heck of a lot more than I did, I think because they’ve been blown up so many times. I just have a lot of respect for these guys. They amaze me," McClung told 13 News before he spoke to the WTB soldiers. He called serving in the Army a "brotherhood."

He also talked about the treatment soldiers are receiving in handling the physical and psychological effects of their deployments. McClung told WIBW that he wished programs like the WTB were around when he served in the military to help cope with the trauma of serving in combat.


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