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WWII Paratrooper Remembers Close Calls, Friends Lost

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90-year-old Walter Fees of Bakersfield, CA appears on the 300th episode of Hometown Heroes, debuting February 1, 2014. Mr. Fees, a native of Likely, CA, served with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

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Walter Fees with his 60mm mortar crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The oilfield, north of Bakersfield, where Mr. Fees lives and works.

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The phonograph Walter Fees “liberated” from the USO in Rome before he entered combat.

Walter Fees at home with fellow E&B employee David Gifford, who recommended him for Hometown Heroes

Walter Fees at home with fellow E&B employee David Gifford, who recommended him for Hometown Heroes

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  1. Brenda "Sam" Porter Reply

    I am not sure if you heard, but we lost Walt on October 7th, 2016. I was honored that he called me his friend. I had his pictures from the war restored and reprinted for him.

    Thank you for recording his memories and preserving them. I heard them almost every day and never tired of his company.

    • hooppaul@sbcglobal.net Reply

      Thank you, Sam. What a remarkable man he was!

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