BEDFORD, Va. -

The campus of the National Elks Home is a far cry from 1944 Normandy or any other World War II war zone.  But, it is the home of Allen Huddleston, a member of Company A who would have joined his fellow soldiers during the D-Day invasion had it not been for a broken ankle.

Huddleston is now 91, but still remembers his time as a machine gun section sergeant who took his call of duty seriously.

"Well I was ordered to go." "I was willing to go," Huddleston told Your Hometown News Leader.

He fondly recalls being a part of a force larger than himself, "A-Company first battalion."

Some soldiers from that famous troop became known as the Bedford Boys. All risked their lives for freedom, and according to Huddleston were more than lucky.

"A company didn't lose a lot of men like some other companies that were eliminated altogether." "I got wounded early so I missed a lot."

Life is much different for Huddleston now but says he still thinks of Army days often and has this advice for young service members.

"Go where they tell you. You have to go where they tell you but be proud to go ."

When Allen Huddleston returned home from serving, he opened a photography shop and worked as a photographer. He married before he left for war and has two sons.