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Uncle Matty Comes Home

Private Martin Teahan of HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), died on June 6, 1944, near a church in Picauville, Normandy. While scouting a position, he was shot in the leg, captured, and then killed by a German soldier who thought he was reaching for a weapon. A few weeks after D-Day, a French farmer in the area found a rifle with the name M. Teahan engraved on the butt of the rifle. No one knew what the farmer did with the rifle for 72 years until it was discovered this February by a French Army Paratrooper Commander named Colonel Patrick Collet. Read More…

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If I were to report the facts, I would tell you Private Martin Teahan of HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), died on June 6, 1944, near a church in Picauville, Normandy. While scouting a position, he was shot in the leg, captured, and then killed by a German soldier Learn More

Jim Farrell always wondered about Uncle Matty’s fate. Then came the jaw-dropping email from France.

The odds were stacked against Martin Teahan on June 6, 1944. The 20-year-old soldier from the South Bronx was tasked with parachuting into Normandy during the early morning hours of D-Day.

“From what I’ve gathered, he had a pretty good premonition he wasn’t making it,” nephew Jim Farrell said.

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