Previously, in Holland he led a patrol behind enemy
lines and single handedly attacked and wiped out a
German outpost and knocked out a machine gun nest.
For this action he was awarded the Distinguished
Service Cross, the 2nd
highest award for “Extraordinary Heroism”.
Throughout the war he served in Company H, 504 PIR,
which he would later come to command. On January
1946, he led his company down Fifth avenue in New
York City in the Victory Parade.
Megellas has received over 25 medals and decorations
and they include: The Distinguished Service Cross,
Presidential Unit Citation (with one Oak Leaf
Cluster), Silver Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster),
Bronze Star (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple
Heart Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster).
Maggie travels extensively and is always supporting
the troops …Maggie went with the 82nd Airborne to
the front lines in Afghanistan when he was 90 and
again when age 93. He forwarded 25,000 care packages
to service men and women for several years. He
worked with USAID in Vietnam for 2
years leading 4,000 soldiers and civilians and other
nations in civil-military relations. He holds a
Masters Degree of International Policy, John Hopkins
University and was an instructor of International
Affairs at Florida Tech. He is on hand greeting
troops coming home from the battlefield and being
sent there at DFW.
He is going to talk to us about his experiences on
the Waal River in Nijmegin, Holland. Where he
participated with American forces crossing the river
under intense machine gun fire to seize two bridges
over the Waal River. He received a query from
Cornelius Ryan who was writing “A Bridge Too Far”,
about this battle that was made into a movie of his
recollections of his 1944 Holland campaign.
Few men have given their lives to their country like
Lt.Col James “Maggie” Megellas. He is Larger than
Life and a true Patriot and Hero.