Posts Tagged ‘Battle of the Bulge’

RJ Interviews World War II Veteran Henry Tiano

October 13, 2014

RJ Interviews World War II Veteran Henry Tiano

Had a great time doing a video biography interview with World War 2 veteran Henry Tiano today. Henry served as a US Army Infantry Staff Sargent in the 75th Infantry in Roanne, France, 40 days at the Battle of the Bulge in below zero temperatures in Belgium, and in fighting at Colmar, France, Holland, and all across Germany. He made Corporal three times and was demoted three times back to Private, once for not getting a haircut. During the war Henry had many jobs in the artillery unit including mess hall Sargent and chauffeur for an officer. He had a couple close calls during the war, including a piece of shrapnel tearing off the shoulder of his coat, but no injuries. One inch more and he could have been hurt bad. After the War Henry went home to his wife in Salem, Oregon, raised a family with 3 kids, and worked for the local natural gas company for thirty years. Henry is a truly humble Italian-American hero, born in Kingston, New York in 1921. All four of his older brothers served in the war, too!

Henry Tiano with RJ McHatton
Henry Tiano Battle of Bulge

Dale Harlan, quiet hero from WWII

October 12, 2011

Dale Harlan with RJ McHatton

I really enjoyed my interview today with Dale Harlan, a war hero from World War II. Dale served in the Army Air Corp in the Battle of Midway and then as a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles) in Holland and Bastogne and th…e Battle of the Bulge. Dale was injured in battle and earned two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and other medals. After the war Dale served in the Oregon State Legislature twice and was a practicing attorney for 40 years. Dale is a typical quiet hero living next door.