On a sunny afternoon in August 1942, an unknown family member or friend took this photo of my grand-uncle Benny. Benny was my mother’s uncle, my maternal grandmother’s younger brother. In the doorway stands his older brother Jim (James Edgar).
The family bible tells me that Benny was born on January 30, 1915. According to
Family lore tells me that Benjamin McGown Jordan:
fought in United States Army during World War II,
parachuted to the ground on D-Day,
broke both ankles during the landing,
and was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries received in battle.
Ancestry.com* reveals that he enlisted on February 12, 1941. At the time, his “civil occupation” was a plumber’s apprentice. He completed a “grammar school” education.
Uncle Benny was laid to rest in
Benjamin M. Jordan
I have recently learned that a TEC5 (also known as a Technician Fifth Grade) was one of many technicians who held positions like driver, machinist, cook, and similar positions. In other words, these were the people who were necessary to keep the military corps running, but not the guys who fired the big guns. So why was he parachuting in on D-Day?
I’m not sure about that one…even a new genealogist like me knows to take “family lore” with a boulder-sized grain of salt. Nevertheless, serve he did, break both ankles he did, and receive the Purple Heart he did. My nephew holds it to this day. So it looks like another visit to the National Archives is in order for me.
Hmmm, should this be Military Monday or Mystery Monday?
*National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line].