About the Author
I was borne, Donald R. Burgett, April 5, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan.
My father was a Detroit Police Officer, Mother, a housewife and
mother of three sons and one daughter. I dropped out of High School
after the tenth grade to enlist in the military but was too young,
I then worked as a carpenter. At the age of eighteen I volunteered
for the paratroopers. I fought through the entire European
Campaign; Normandy, Holland, Bastogne, Austria and Germany with A.
Co. 506 PIR 101st Airborne. At the end of the war there were only
eleven of the original two hundred men that started with Company A.
I was awarded the Bronze star, two Purple Hearts the ETO Ribbon
with two Bronze Invasion Arrowheads, and four campaign Stars, three
U.S. Presidential Citations, The Combat Infantryman's Badge, Two
Croix de Guerre of France, Two Croix de Guerre of Belgium, one
Fourraguere of Belgium. One Orange Lanyard of Holland, a Victory in
Europe Medal and an Army of occupation Medal. Most recently, the
French Legion of Honor Medal in 2014. I was discharged as Sergeant,
squad leader, paratrooper, 101st Airborne Division. I arrived home
January 1, 1946, twenty years old. I could not vote, I could not
sign a legal contract, I could not buy a beer. I was not old
enough. I could not rest and bumped around the country working at
many jobs. Returning to Michigan I met and married my wife, Twyla.
We had five children and now have eleven grandchildren and 23 great
grand children. Twyla and I moved into the Howell area in 1967 and
built our home. I have written and published four well received
books; Currahee!, Road to Arnhem, Seven Roads to Hell and Beyond
the Rhine. As I now hold complete rights to my four titles, I am
currently reprinting and making them available to the public. At
eighty-nine years of age I am still working, readying my fifth book