WWII veteran to speak to juniors and seniors next week

Anna McCloskey, Staff Writer

In the hopes of forming a new tradition, Benilde-St. Margaret’s will host Herbert Suerth, a World War II veteran, to speak to juniors and seniors on Feb. 25. Suerth was a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. “Originally, it would be just a junior thing, but we didn’t want the seniors to miss out on this opportunity,” said Western Civilization, Psychology and AP European History teacher Ms. Kathy Fuelling, who coordinated the event.

His company, also known as the Easy Company, was the inspiration for Stephen Ambrose’s book “Band of Brothers” which was adapted into Steven Spielberg’s popular HBO series by the same name. The company famously landed in Normandy, at the Battle of Bastogne, and at Hitler’s Eagle Nest at the end of the war.

His presentation will be especially relevant to the junior class, who studies United States history over the course of the year. “We are going to tape him so that way, in the future, if for some reason he can’t speak, we can still show it to the junior classes, but our goal is…to bring him back for the juniors each year,” Ms. Fuelling said.

Suerth will speak to the juniors from 8:00 to 9:00, and seniors from 9:10 to 10:10 in the theater in order to allow for a personal and moving experience. “He considers it his duty and his obligation to share his experiences,” Ms. Fuelling said.