Silent Strength - WWII Veterans

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.

John J. Zaffuto | Private First Class, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company C | Served in England, France and Germany | Received the following medals for his service: Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge

Mr. Zaffuto, wounded twice in combat, describes his second injury during the "Battle of the Hedgerows" in the St.-Lo region of France. After his convalescence, he is reassigned to a trucking outfit and serves in Hanover, Germany where he witnesses V-E Day firsthand. Mr. Zaffuto's story concludes with his return home following the end of WWII.

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Silent Strength - WWII Veterans

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A once silent generation of American heroes has come forward to share their World War II experiences. Seventy years later, their stories of resilience and survival are told with such clarity as if it were yesterday. It is yet another reminder of the price…


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A once silent generation of American heroes has come forward to share their World War II experiences. Seventy years later, their stories of resilience and survival are told with such clarity as if it were yesterday. It is yet another reminder of the price enlisted men and women have paid serving their country to protect freedom for fellow citizens and citizens of the world.

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