During World War II, George Dominic Cuccerre (grandpa) was General Eisenhower’s driver for two weeks in Europe. Grandpa was given the nickname "Cucci" by the General. Stories were told of General Eisenhower and grandpa switching hats during transportation to disguise the upper command.
Grandpa Cuccerre also boxed in the army, accumulating a record of 15 wins and 5 losses. The record does not appear astounding until you take into consideration there were no weight classes and grandpa was 5'5" in height, weighing around 150 pounds.
Grandpa was also the soldier who ran up to moving tanks, pulled the hatch and dropped the hand grenade in before hurdling himself to safety. While stationed in Europe, grandpa was clocked running 35 miles an hour next to fellow soldiers riding in an army jeep.
Grandpa was shot down in a hang glider somewhere over Rhineland in Western Germany where he fought off German farmers, barely being able to see from the blood pouring into his eyes. Grandpa made it out alive with others not so fortunate, and for his actions of courage and resilience, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Grandpa also received 6 bronze stars, a good conduct medal, and an EAME Campaign Medal.
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