Freedom Fighters: James D'Zelle

HAWKINS, TX (KLTV) - By Joan Hallmark - bio | email

HAWKINS, TX (KLTV) - With over 8,000 men committed and over 19,000 Americans killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the single largest and bloodiest battle that American forces experienced in World War II. James D'Zelle was a Medic in the Army's 90th Division.

D'Zelle arrived on the Normandy coast on D-Day plus 2 of 1944. He was wounded twice and not only treated wounded soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, but also helped save the lives of American POW's who had been force marched and nearly starved to death by the Germans. D'Zelle was awarded four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his role in America's greatest fight against tyranny.

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