Jack Womer was a World War II veteran of high distinction. Jack was drafted into the 29th Infantry Division in April of 1941, and sent to Europe in October of 1942. Jack volunteered for the 29th Ranger Battalion, undertook training by British Commandos, and was among the relatively few men who met the extensive and rigorous requirements for becoming a Ranger. After the 29th Rangers disbanded in October of 1943, Jack volunteered to become a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and, in January, 1944, was assigned to the Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment's Demolitions Platoon, in the section known infamously as the"Filthy Thirteen". He fought with the Filthy Thirteen in the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), the Battle for Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge. Arguably the Filthy Thirteen's best soldier, Jack credits his not being injured and surviving the war to his Ranger training and God. Jack was eventually made buck sergeant of the Filthy Thirteen, a position which he held until the end of the war. He passed away in 2013. Stephen C. DeVito, born and raised on Long Island, New York, has lived with his family in Chantilly, Virginia since 1989. He has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is a scientist by profession. For many years Steve has maintained a strong interest in U.S. military history, particularly the Civil War and World War II, researching and writing several projects.
This is a very personal account of some tough men facing tough
combat, giving a good feel for infantry action at squad level. *
Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis *
Jack Womer's story is entertaining, honest and forthright, just like the man. He does not shrink from describing what actually happened although occasionaly one suspects just a hint of artistic licence. However, there is nothing which is unbelievable given the chaotic and random nature of war. * Army Rumour Service *