A Tribute in Honor of:
my heroes in WWII
This page is dedicated to my mother and father

The Great Generation who fought and sacrificed, both at home and abroad, to preserve our freedom and for world peace during WWII must always be remembered.

The names appearing in the Honor Roll below are my father's, all his brothers, and my mother's only brother.

Also listed is the father of my childhood neighborhood friends.

UJ Backus
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My father, Arthur Backus, served in the 2nd Infantry Division from 1940 to 1945. He participated in the liberation of France and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day+1. He was wounded at St-Lo on July 28, 1944 and returned to England to recuperate before returning to duty. My beloved mother, Amparo, was by his side all the way if only in spirit.

They were married on November 3, 1942 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas. This picture was taken in July, 1943 at Tomah, Wisconsin where my father was stationed at Camp McCoy for training.

WWII Memorial
National World War II Museum
WWII unit histories
9th Infantry Regiment "Manchu"

WWII 2nd Division shoulder patches and
9th Regiment "Manchu" belt buckle
Honor Roll
Sgt. Arthur W. Backus
Tech 5 Oscar V. Backus
PFC Edward Backus
Charles Backus
Joseph Backus
Leo Rodriguez
Tech 5 Albert K. Garza

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