Motion picture bonus: mortar squad in action
Colson in his Junior year of High School.
Colson's dog tags.
Colson, standing right, at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, probably 1942. Clarence believes that the man standing at the far left is Robert E. Emerson. Kneeling at left, Clarence believes is, James E. Croft.
A map of France Colson carried with him until the end of the war. "I don't know why," he says, "I could never make sense of it."
Colson's DSC and citation. As Colson says in the interview, the citation writer didn't get the facts straight: Colson didn't cut barbed wire on Omaha beach (that was Sgt. Colwell).
ABOVE AND BELOW: Hometown hero. The three
articles below were clipped by Colson's mother on the home front.
The articles, based on the Army's release, credit Colson for cutting the barbed wire. The last article below also misprints DFC for DSC.
BELOW: Clarence Colson in 2000. Unless otherwise noted, photos are by Chuck Solomon.
With his old Ford tractor.
Clarence and Edith Colson.
At the local train station, South Dayton, New York.
BELOW: Clarence Colson after receiving the Normandy Medal,
24 September 2000. (This was thanks to efforts by his local American
Legion. Colson's buddy, Scotty Zieckler, received a Normandy medal as
Colson and Scotty Zieckler (left) with their Normandy medals, 24 Sept. 2000.
Local news article on the award.
Colson after receiving his High School diploma, 6 June 2001.
Low sound quality recordings
3) On Wozenski: "Nobody could keep up with him. He was the best." Note: This file is more than a minute long, and will be slow to download.