DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - The City of Davenport honored a World War II paratrooper Wednesday in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Mayor Frank Klipsch proclaimed June 5, 2019 as Henry Langrehr Day.
At the age of 19, Langrehr and members of his regiment parachuted into the town of Sainte-Mère-Église. Langrehr crashed through the glass roof of a greenhouse. His friend behind him was suspended off the ground when his parachute was caught on a church steeple.
Langrehr fought through the French hedgerows for weeks before becoming wounded and taken prison of war.
Mayor Klipsch said Langrehr briefly interned at Auschwitz and sent to a work camp deep behind German lines. He said Langrehr eventually escaped, evading his German captors for two weeks before turning himself into an American unit, still wearing his original D-Day uniform almost a year later.
Of the 18 men on his plane that left England on D-Day, only six survived.
After the war, Langrehr returned to Clinton, Iowa, married his wife and opened a business. He is now 95 years old.