|Troops from the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment in Holland where Pvt. Arylis Green died of wounds.|
Arylis W. Green never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on June 1, 1917 in California. His mother was also born in California. His father was born in Indiana and worked as fireman in Oakland and later an auto rental manager in Long Beach and by 1940 he was a salesman in San Francisco. Arylis had two younger sisters. By 1940 Arylis had completed three years of high school and worked as an automobile attendant. He had a wife named Doris and baby boy named Gerald. His young family was living with his parents.
By the late summer of 1943, Gerald was separated from his wife and living in Los Angeles. He came back to San Francisco and enlisted in the Army on September 25, 1943. At some point after basic training he decided to obtain further training as a paratrooper. He became a private in the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, probably joining as a replacement after the D-Day airdrop. He was a medic.
Pvt. Green jumped into Holland on September 17,1944. The 502nd PIR was tasked with capturing the canal bridge at Best. The Germans fought fiercely to defend the bridge and ultimately blew it up when the Americans were within 100 yards. The medics put themselves in harms way as they attended the wounded. Pvt. Green was wounded himself on September 19, 1944 and died of his wounds the next day.
His grave is at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER WILLIAM S. KNOWLES
Also born on June 1, 1917 was William S. Knowles who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2001 for improving the manufacturing of drugs, particularly regarding treatment for Parkinson's disease. Knowles graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1939 and a PhD in chemistry from Columbia in 1942. His draft board felt his talents would be better used on the home front, so he did not serve in the military but he did do chemistry work on munitions used during the war. He did in at age 95 in 2012.
|William Knowles receives 2001 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.|
We can only guess what accomplishments went missing from the Arylis Greens of the war who never came home.
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