Jaeger, Gene

Eugene (Gene) Jaeger grew up in Geneva, Illinois during the Great Depression, and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1942. He received training as a Naval Officer and soon found himself assigned to LST (Landing Ship-Tank) #400, heading for the Mediterranean Sea. His ship supported the Allied landings at Sicily in July, 1943 and at Salerno in September of the same year. They then sailed north to England, and supported the D-Day invasion, making repeated trips to Utah Beach over the next several months.