Allan Wood, left, visits with Father Arnold Schoffelmeer at Royal Park Care Center in February 2011. The men met in a Sacred Heart hospital room on Veterans Day 2010.
Soldiers involved in Operation Market Garden parachute into Holland on Sept. 17, 1944. Allan Wood, of Spokane, was among the paratroopers.
Paratrooper Allan Wood
This photo was taken shortly after the battle for Nijmegen, Holland, where thousands of Allied paratroopers dropped in during Operation Market Garden on Sept. 17, 1944, to take the bridge, seen in the background, over the River Waal. The Allies secured the bridge and cleared the Germans from the town and surrounding area.
This photo shot by a military photographer shows thousands of paratroopers preparing to board hundreds of C-47 cargo planes to begin Operation Market Garden on Sept. 17, 1944, during an effort to break through the Siegfried Line and create a new angle of attack into Germany.