With John Bistrica, Army
Rifles and rations beyond the beach.
Ep 3: Nov. 18 2019
Army Private 1st Class John Bistrica was in the 1st Infantry Division –nicknamed “Big Red One” – on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. His story balances watchful anticipation and fierce action as he moves from Youngstown, Ohio to stateside base camps, then to the D-Day beaches and into Normandy, finding both feast and famine along the way.
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Behind The Episode:
Hear a story short story clip of John’s run-in with the Andrews Sisters at a USO show
Hear the song – Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! – that John so loves.
Curious about Yorkshire Pudding? Try your hand at John’s favorite overseas discovery in this recipe by our friend J. Kenji López-Alt over at Serious Eats.
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