Speranza, Vincent

Vincent Speranza
Vincent Speranza grew up on Staten Island, part of a large and colorful Italian family. Following Basic Training, he became a paratrooper and joined the 101st Airborne Division just prior to the Battle of the Bulge, where the unit became famous for its defense of Bastogne. Speranza tells of returning to Bastogne 65 years later, and of his participation in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit the new WW II Memorial in 2009.



Vince Speranza at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Session 1 - WW II paratrooper with the 101st Airborne at Bastogne; Growing up in NY City during the Depression

Session 2 - Service with 101st Airborne at Bastogne

Session 3 - Combat experiences & return to Bastogne in 2009

Session 4 - Combat memories & 2009 Honor Flight

Session 6 - Vince Speranza reflects on his life in the years following his visit to Bastogne in 2009

 Video From the Greatest Generation Theater [1]

 Video From the Greatest Generation Theater [2]