Preserving The Oral HistorIES of Combat Veterans

COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Jake McNiece | 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - Army

6:30   |   (From Interview #2 Jan. 9, 2011 Video #16) Jake McNiece headed the demolition and saboteur section of an airborne unit preparing to jump into Normandy. Scared of picking up body lice, he cut his hair into the scalplock favored by his Choctaw ancestors. His men demanded the same treatment and when the signal corps photographer showed up, a legend was born.

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