Memorial service today for Robert Lee Vannatter Jr., 91, WWII paratrooper Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Oct 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Robert Lee Vannatter Jr., 91, who parachuted into Europe with the 507th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment, died Aug. 27, and his life is being celebrated from 1-4 p.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton.
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Posted by Grateful, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Having been to Normandy and walked along Omaha Beach, I can so appreciate Mr. Vannatter's courage. It is humbling and awe-inspiring to be there even 65 years later. Being present in the earliest hours of the Normandy invasion meant that he was actually there for the real ordeal, as portrayed in Saving Private Ryan. And then to have to fight on to the Battle of the Bulge...amazing. Heroic.
Certainly, his family must be proud of such a fine man who recovered from the War and went on to college, raising a family and an engineering career. I did not know him but, as an American, I find his example very inspiring.