PONCA CITY, Okla.—One of the last remaining members of a famous World War II unit has died.
James “Jake” McNiece was a member of “The Filthy Thirteen,” or the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
His unit was responsible for going behind enemy lines and destroying targets.
One of the group’s most famous missions was a bridge over the Douve River during the Normandy Invasion.
During that jump, 17 of the 20 paratroopers were killed.
After regrouping, McNiece made the jump into Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
Last year, McNiece received the French Legion of Honor for his role in liberating France from Nazi Germany.
Monday morning, McNiece’s family announced that he had passed away at his son’s home.
He was 93-years-old.