Paratrooper Joe Beyrle, a Soldier for Two Armies

Sgt. Joe Beyrle during World War II.

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World War II paratrooper Joe Beyrle died this week at the age of 81. He has the distinction of being the only soldier in that conflict to fight for both the American and Russian armies. Hear Beyrle's biographer, Thomas Taylor, and NPR's Scott Simon.

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