WWII vet dies just days after celebrating D-Day anniversary in Normandy

WWII vet dies just days after celebrating D-Day anniversary in Normandy
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As a paratrooper during World War II with the 508th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne unit, Cpl. Jack Schlegel experienced everything from D-Day to being captured by the Germans to sharing a drink with Gen. George Patton. Earlier this month, he was able to mark the anniversary of D-Day one more time, visiting Normandy just five days before he died at the age of 90.

"As much as it hurts to lose my dad I know that this last D-Day celebration in France fulfilled his life and he was at peace," his daughter, Susan LaBudde, told NBC News.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.