WWII Veteran Returns to the Field of Battle

Cdr. Gerard (Jay) Woelkers didn’t grow up as a military brat, but he is the son of a World War II veteran.

“In fact I wouldn’t have known he was in the Army growing up…but when you really know what went on, and I do know what went on, I can see why he didn’t talk about it,” said Woelkers.

Born more than a decade after his father was shot in a field in Welz, Germany, Woelkers grew up to become an officer in the Navy, despite knowing little of Fredrick Woelkers’ own military service.

See how father and son share more than the bond of blood in this video about Fred Wolkers’s return visit to the field of battle.

You can read more about the Wolkers’ visit to Germany here.

Some video and photos for this story were provided by Stars and Stripes.


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