It is with great sadness we are announcing the passing of another WW2 Veteran Hero.
Al Fleetwood passed on the 7th October 2023 in his 99th year. A true gentleman ,he led a very happy life with tons of friends. He had a gigantic smile on his face right until the end. We were fortunate enough through his son Jim to learn about his father’s service during WW2 as an Army frontline medic ..As with most WW2 Veterans he always played down his role during the war.
Below is a brief outline of his service
So you can get a clearer perspective of time, my 71” Infantry Division arrived in Doudeville, France near LeHavre, February 7, 1945, where we established a staging area. Joining the 7 Army, we went into combat March 12. Moving fast, On March 30, we joined General Patton’s 3rd Army In a period of only 92 days of tough, savage and constant fighting we advanced 1,060 miles, captured over 80,000 prisoners of war and reached the eastern-most point reached by American Ground Forces in the European Theatre.
He was present at the Liberation of several Concentration Camps where he witnessed the horrors that man can inflict upon his fellow man.
To show what a exemplary person he was , he also treated wounded German soldiers including Waffen SS members.
Al loved his family, his country, God and being an Alaskan
Rest in Peace Al Fleetwood
We salute your service to your country