Fort Bragg’s recently established Air Assault School is scheduled to be renamed for Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Charles DeGlopper, today at 3 p.m.
DeGlopper was a private first class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, when they landed in France as part of the D-Day invasion. In the battle of the La Fiere Bridge over the Merderet River, DeGlopper stood up firing his Browning automatic rifle in order to distract the Germans from seeing the rest of his company, who were crossing the river at a different point.
DeGlopper continued firing even after being hit numerous times. He died as a result of his actions but the unit was able to secure the bridge which allowed the regiment to continue to attack Chef du Pont.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps, will host the ceremony.
The 82nd Airborne Division Band will provide entertainment. For photos of the ceremony, see next week’s Paraglide.