” James “Jake” McNiece, a World War II hero whose leadership inspired the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen,” died Monday at the age of 93.
The Oklahoman reported:
Hours before the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, McNiece led 18 paratroopers behind enemy lines to destroy two bridges and control a third to prevent German reinforcements from moving into Normandy and to cut off retreating German troops. Sixteen of his men were killed during the 36-day mission, in which they also cut enemy communications and supply lines.
France presented McNiece with the Legion of Honor Medal, France’s highest order, in September. ”
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