To commemorate the 70th anniversaries of D-Day and V-J Day, American Portfolios is proud to have partnered with non-profit organization Honor Flight Long Island to capture stories of surviving WWII Veteran heroes. The Silent Strength video series, which began in 2014, will continue throughout 2015, bringing viewers fascinating, first-hand accounts from a generation of veterans who served both European and Pacific tours of duty in one of the deadliest wars in history.
Martin Sylvester | Corporal, U.S. Army, U.S. 4th Infantry Division |Served in France, Germany, Belgium and England during WWII | Received the following medals for his service: Bronze Star, Prisoner of War Medal, Purple Heart and The French Legion of Honour Medal
Mr. Sylvester recalls the advancement of his division into Germany at the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, one of the longest stretches of combat the Americans ever fought in the in the history of the U.S. Military. He was captured by the Germans in Jan. of 1945 and became a prisoner of war until April of that same year. He then went onto serve in Battle of the Bulge.