ELMHURST (June 2016) — During World War II, Marion Bell parachuted onto the beaches of Normandy, France, on what would become known as D-Day — June 6, 1944.
Seventy-two years later, the veteran and Park Place of Elmhurst resident shared his story and memories of the event with fellow residents and local students from a Timothy Christian High School summer government class.
Marion was only 19 when he landed in Normandy as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Their plane was hit and was on fire when they jumped. During his service, he received the purple heart twice, bronze and silver stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.
On Monday, June 6, Park Place invited all of the WWII veterans in assisted living to share their memories from their service. Marion was able to show and tell, as he still has the many medals he earned, as well as part of the parachute.