Local WWII Vets share incredible war stories on 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Solvay native John Panighetti, 88, served in the army's 78th division during WWII.

Dan Galuppo, 93, couldn't forget the cold and the struggles of World War II if he tried.

"I didn't know what happened to me. It blew me up pretty good," says Galuppo.

The former private first class still suffers from the injuries he received when fighting on the front lines in the Battle of the Bulge in the Winter of 1944. An explosion left his left arm crippled.

" It was just hanging. It was all broken. The elbow was gone," says Galuppo.

Unable to move, he lay in the snow for hours, until the enemy ended up saving his life.

"A german officer, I think he was a captain, he comes up to me and says tough war isn't it," says Galippo.

Surprisingly, that german officer ordered his men to carry dan to safety.

Sergeant John Panighetti served in the army's 78th division. He survived the Battle of the Bulge, only to get captured by the germans a few months later.

"It's either give up and surrender or get shot. One or the other, so we didn


t have a choice," says Panighetti.

The germans were transporting him to a prisoner of war camp when the train was attacked by the US Air Force.

"I could see the flash of the guns and I could hear it hit the top of the train. And I could hear the screams inside the train too. And when I got out I could see the blood on the floor," says Panighetti.

Looking back seventy years later, the huge sacrifice seems unnecessary.

"How horrible war is. How much I hate that wars are going on today. I thought when we were done with WWII the world could learn to live in peace," says Panighetti.

On this 70th anniversary of D-Day we are reminded, World War II was supposed to be the war to end all wars.