Photo by Justin Connaher
Connecting with his old unit
Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Hobson, a native of Cedaredge and assigned to C Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, is shown hugging World War II veteran Vincent Speranza. The veteran was witnessing a parachute assault while visiting in November with solders from U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborn), 25th Infantry Division. Speranza, a combat veteran of H Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (then part of the 101st Airborne Division) fought at Bastogne and was wounded in combat shortly after the Battle of the Bulge. When the 101st Airborne was deactivated after the war, he transferred to the 82nd Airborne for a brief period.