Originally Published: November 10, 2015 6:58 p.m.
Charles A. Jabour
City of Residence: Prescott Valley (32 years)
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Submitted by daughter Carolyn Jabour
My dad, Charles, served in Europe during World War II from 1942-45. His unit, the 461st Amphibious Truck Company, received a Distinguished Unit Badge for their valor on D-Day, and the Battle of Normandy. Dad and other drivers carried ammunition from ship to shore on Omaha Beach.
Dad received a European Campaign Medal, with four stars, representing the battles of Normandy, (D-Day) Northern France, Rhineland, (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe, and a Good Conduct Medal. From France, Dad received the Croix de guerre (War Cross.)
Dad told us many stories about the battles he fought in, and the many miracles of survival he experienced. He remembered how graciously the civilians in those countries treated U.S. soldiers.
The greatest agony Dad went through in the war, wasn't the battles, or injuries he received. It wasn't even that first terrible day, when Dad saw many soldiers floating in the ocean, their bodies already grotesquely swollen. Dad never forgot that, but they were beyond help. It was later, when Dad saw one badly injured soldier, in the path of a column of tanks. The soldier cried out for help, but no one could get to him in time. That image, the sound of the soldier's cries, would remain with Dad the rest of his life.
Dad passed at home on May 7, 2013, at the age of 93. Dad lived in Prescott Valley for 32 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne. His wife, children, and grandchildren miss him tremendously. We look to the day when we will see Dad again.