It has been 75 years since the day a young, 18 year old soldier, Gilberto Torres, set foot on the beach of Normandy as reinforcement for the first wave of troops. He was fighting along side the Ohio Group, 83rd Infantry Division making their way through Brittany, France with orders to capture the town of St. Malo on the Northeast coast of France. Approximately one month and a half after his arrival to the beaches of France, Mr. Torres was wounded under enemy machine gun fire with a "German burp gun"and was hit in the right forearm and bullets grazed his upper torso. He was taken to a hospital in Liverpool, England to recover. Mr. Torres was discharged in March 1, 1947 and was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal an Honorable Service Lapel and European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the United States flag which was flown over the Capital in his honor. This story is featured by the University of Texas at Austin, Voces Oral History Project through the Moody College of Communications. UT Austin Voces Gilberto Torres
After his discharge, Mr. Torres settled in San Angelo, Texas and had 6 children.
In May of 2014, Mr. Torres realized that his treasured military medals were missing from his home and posted an ad in the local newspaper asking for their safe return. An overwhelming response to his plea moved a group of fellow San Angelo veterans and members of the community to get together and help replace the lost medals with new ones. This act of passionate comradeship resulted in an honorable ceremony presenting him with his new medals in the presence of U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway; Army Officers, Air Force Veterans, Retired Air Force Col. Charlie Powell and his loving family.
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Today, now 94 years old, Mr. Torres wishes to re-visit Normandy, France one more time. He wishes to walk the beaches that once greeted him with terror and would like to make peace of those memories and pay his respects to friends he lost in the war. In an effort to help him get there, we are respectfully asking for donations that will contribute towards the trip for two people which will include their round trip flight to and from Normandy/DFW Airport, hotel, food and a few half day tours, museums and whatever else we can get him into. We plan to stay there about 5-6 days so that he has plenty of time to rest between the outings. He is relieved to have been cleared for overseas travel by his Doctor and is hoping to make his trip in April of 2020. Anything will help towards this very special cause. Thank you in advance for your support and contributions.
The Torres Family
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