Author Topic: Joseph Beryle - how is there not a movie about this guy?!  (Read 221 times)

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beyrle



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US paratrooper Joseph Beryle served with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Prior to the start of the Normandy invasions, Beryle jumped twice into occupied France to coordinate, provide arms, and money to several French resistance units. He then jumped into France on D-Day, destroyed a enemy gun emplacement, was captured, escaped, and captured again. He was beaten nearly to death, his uniform and dog tags were taken from him. A German soldier attempted to infiltrate US lines dressed in Beryle's uniform and was killed. The US War Department believed Beryle had been killed in combat and notified his parents. His mother refused to believe her son was dead and continued to ignore the calls from the family to accept his death.

Beryle was taken into captivity at an German controlled POW camp. He attempted to escape and was shot and wounded. He survived on minumum food and medical attention. Beryle would be held in seven different POW camps and escaped again, this time the Gestapo was ready to shot him, claiming he was a spy. He escaped again and found his way to a Soviet armor brigade which was near the POW camp. Beryle having knowledge of engines and mechanical background assisted the Soviet tank unit which was equipped with American made M4 Shermans. He served with armor unit commanded by a Soviet female officer and acted as a scout for the Russians against German positions. He was wounded again when German dive bombers attacked the Russian armor column.

He was taken to a Soviet hospital where he met Soviet Marshall Zhukov who was curious on how this American paratrooper ended up in a Soviet hospital. Zhukov was so impressed with Beryle's story he provided safe passage back to the US Embassy in Moscow.

Due to the US War Department believing Beryle had been killed back in June 1944, the US government kept him under guard for several days until his dental records confirmed he was indeed Beryle. Beryle served more combat time with the Soviets than the Americans and recieved both US and Soviet citations.

Beryle returned hom and married his sweatheart by the same priest who two years earlier had held his funeral when his family believed he was dead.

Here is SGT Joseph Beryle's Prisoner of War picture after he was captured again by the Germans.

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Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 10:56:20 AM
The look on his face says it all.

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Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 11:01:50 AM
And his son ended up as US ambassador to Russia for a bit

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Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 11:25:56 AM
Netflix has a series about Medal of Honor recipients that details some of their incredible stories I've never heard elsewhere. Well worth a watch.

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Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 01:26:18 PM

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