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.
Gil Blum | Technical Sergeant (First Class), U.S. Army, 4th Calvary Reconnaissance Regiment | Served in Scotland, England, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Austria during WWII | Received the following medals for his service: WWII Victory Medal, Central Europe Campaign Star, Rhineland Campaign Star, EAME Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal
As the war drew to a close, in April of 1945, Mr. Blum and his infantry moved through the dark, cold, rainy Harz Mountains in Northern Germany to eliminate some 85,000 German forces. With a successful mission accomplished, the group moved onto "mopping-up" operations along the Elbe River, witnessing the carnage and devastation of war.