RIP Jake McNiece, 101st Airborne, "Filthy Thirteen"

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RIP Jake McNiece, 101st Airborne, "Filthy Thirteen"

My friend Jonn Lilyea alerted me to the passing of an American Hero:

PONCA CITY, Okla. — A World War II veteran who led a group of men on a mission that inspired his fellow soldiers, as well as Hollywood, has died.

The family of James "Jake" McNiece confirmed his death Monday. He was 93.

McNiece, a retired Ponca City postal worker, commanded a group of men during WWII nicknamed "The Filthy 13." That group served as the inspiration for the movie "The Dirty Dozen."

Jonn had up two great videos that just have to be seen: 


RIP sir.  Wish I had got to know you.

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