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Robert Herriot

posted Aug 2, 2010, 10:26 AM by James Romlein   [ updated Aug 2, 2010, 11:01 AM ]
Robert Herriot joins the Chapter

A native of Friendship Wisconsin and member of the 101st Airborne Division and the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, Robert jumped in to Normandy on D-day.  

He also has a very interesting story about the time with the 327 GIR - when he was one of 13 glider riders on a glider that was part of the Eindhoven assault.  On the landing decent, the pilot and copilot were killed by AA fire when they were about 100 feet above the ground - Herriot, sitting just behind the pilot, pushed him out of the seat, jumped in and took the controls.  Although he had no pilot training, he managed to "drive" the glider through a barbed wire fence and end up in a ditch.  All 13 aboard were uninjured.

Romlein interviewed him at this home in Friendship and is putting the story on paper for an article in the Screaming Eagle Magazine.

Robert will be telling his story as the lead off speaker at the Friday "Forum from the Floor" during the 2nd WWII Glider Symposium in Madion 9-11 Sep 2010. 

Here is Robert's Membership Data:

Robert Harriot   
Life MemberOld Abe Chapter
608.399.4427 - Home
181 W. 6th St.
Friendship, WI 53094

December 7, 1919 - Birthday
4/44 - 11/45 - Date(s) with 101st
327 Glider Infantry Regiment - Unit(s) with 101st
101st Association Number
L56 - Chapter Membership Number
7/31/2010 - Chapter Membership Date

Please call Robert and  welcome him into the Chapter - he does not have a computer.

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