Saturday, December 5, 2015

Colorado Springs World War II Veteran Remembered

Funeral for Colorado Springs World War II veteran draws hundreds
The Gazette
Tom Roeder
December 5, 2015
About 200 Colorado Springs mourners marveled Friday at how Army Maj. Duke Boswell survived his 20s.

The 92-year-old, who died Nov. 29, survived four parachute jumps in World War II combat with the 82nd Airborne Division after enlisting as a 16-year-old in 1940. He survived the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate a concentration camp.

"With the 136 people who started with Duke, only 13 finished the war," Army Col. Mark Collins said, explaining that the others were killed or wounded.

In his 20s, Boswell survived severe mortar wounds while fighting with the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.

"He served bravely for 23 years," his son Ralph Boswell said.
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