US World War II veteran Clarence Huckaby and his wife Norma visited his old camp in Selfoss, south Iceland, this week—for the first time since Huckaby was dispatched to Iceland as a young marine in 1942. He has dreamt of returning ever since.
At 19, Huckaby was afraid, lonely and homesick, yet determined to serve his home country. In Selfoss he served with a group of 200 US soldiers who guarded the Ölfusá bridge. He later participated in the Allied invasion of France, Morgunbladid reports.
Much has changed in Selfoss since Huckaby stayed there. “I almost started crying when I saw that the camp had been torn down,” he said. However, he will leave Iceland happy because of the good people he met and memories of both difficult and enjoyable times.