Come Talk Live With WWII 6th Armored Division Veteran Andy Negra! You Can Join Via Zoom!
Come talk to WWII Veteran Andy Negra! He is a fireball of energy with great stories! Have you always wanted to meet a WWII veteran and ask him questions? Now is your chance! Make sure you have Zoom downloaded on…
Come talk to WWII Veteran Andy Negra! He is a fireball of energy with great stories!
Have you always wanted to meet a WWII veteran and ask him questions? Now is your chance! Make sure you have Zoom downloaded on your phone or computer and we will be inviting some of you to join our video conversation live on Youtube! We wish we could be out in person with these guys but this is the next best thing!
Ask WWII Veteran Andy Negra a question live on Youtube! Come join our Zoom conversation Sunday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM PDT (1:30 PM EST, 6:30 PM GMT) when we go live on Youtube. We will post the link to join on Zoom in the chat section of Youtube when the live stream starts. Join Andy Negra, Donnie Edwards, and some of the Best Defense team for a great time with some great conversations about WWII! Set a reminder and subscribe to our YouTube page!
Andy was born in 1924 near Avella, Pa. where his immigrant father worked in the coal fields. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and he joined the U.S. Army on August 2, 1943. Andy did his basic training at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and shipped out to Barry Wales on February 11, 1944. He was subsequently assigned to the 6th Armored Division, a unit of Patton’s 3rd Army. His unit landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on July 18, 1944, and was in continuous combat until April 15, 1945. Andy was involved in the battle of the Brest Peninsula, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Bastogne, and his unit liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He left Marseilles, France on December 3, 1945, and was honorably discharged from the Army on Dec. 27,1945. Andy was awarded the World War II Service Medal with five bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received five campaign ribbons, Normandy-Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. In 2019, Andy received the French Legion of Honor Medal from the French Consulate in Atlanta. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letter from Truett- McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia in 2021.
After his WWII service, Andy married Viola Stanton, who he met at a USO dance before he shipped out to Europe. He began a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1946 where he attained the position of Chief Property Management Officer, supervising 40 USDA employees. Andy retired from the USDA in 1979 with 33 years of service and a total of 36 years of federal service. Andy has three children, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Andy just celebrated his 99th birthday.