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Updated: 12/09/2013 08:00:01AM

Yeager remembers Gen. Patton

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This was Pvt. Jiggs Yeager when he was in boot camp at Fort Monmouth, N.J., in 1942. He was 23 at the time.

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Jiggs Yeager, left, and a buddy in Europe during World War II.

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Jiggs Yeager of Port Charlotte today, wearing a hat with the Battle of the Bulge emblem on the front. He is 94.

By DON MOORE

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Jiggs Yeager was a sergeant in the 39th Signal Battalion attached to the 26th Yankee Division, part of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II.

The 94-year-old Port Charlotte resident fought in four major conflicts during the war — Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes. What he recalls most about his military service was meeting Patton on the battlefield just before the Battle of the Bulge and the part he played in the biggest battle on the Western Front during the war.

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