Skip to comments.WWII heroes who served in elite unit reportedly die on same day
Posted on 04/03/2012 12:39:35 PM PDT by DFG
Two World War II veterans heralded for their service in an elite commando unit reportedly died just 12 hours apart on Sunday.
Mark Radcliffe, 94, and Joe Glass, 92, who both lived in Montana, were the last surviving members of the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, a legendary commando unit consisting of American and Canadian soldiers that captured more than 27,000 enemy prisoners during the war, the Helena Independent Record reported.
Both men were selected in 1942 for the Plough Project, described as a "suicide mission," and underwent training at Helena's Fort Harrison, according to the newspaper. The accomplishments of the FSSF -- nicknamed by the Germans as the "Black Devils" -- later became inspiration for the movie "The Devil's Brigade.
Radcliffe, who was born in Farmington, N.M., and Glass, originally from Samia, Ontario, both returned to Helena after the war. The two died 12 hours apart from each other on Sunday, according to the newspaper.
"Mark and Joe were two of the original members of the First Special Service Force, and it's appropriate that they were the last two survivors in the state," FSSF aficionado Bill Woon told the newspaper. "Its also appropriate that they were an American and a Canadian."
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When he started coughing up blood, Glass told his buddy, Say goodbye to my wife and kids.
Then another piece of shrapnel hit him in the arm.
But he somehow made it out alive and was taken to an Army hospital. In surgery, the doctors wired his ribs to his backbone, and removed one rib to repair his lungs.
Glass returned to Helena with a 50 percent disability, but with the same grit and determination he used to help win the war, he worked most of his life at various jobs. His occupations ranged from delivering potato chips and milk, to selling cars and insurance; from tending bar and driving taxis and concrete trucks, to owning and operating several businesses.
You mean after the war he didn't go on welfare and smoke dope and demand collective support swapped for his Constitutional Rights?
It seems to me that his actions bought him a pass to do whatever he wanted forever after. The fact that he decided to work is a testament to his character — but, I would not have deigned to judge him regardless.
God’s blessings on them.
As you know, they made a great movie about the Brigade. I really like the scene when the Canadians march into camp to the sound of “Scotland the Brave”.
R. I. P. troopers.
Thanks for keeping us free.