by Vince "Curse and Traverse" Speranza

H Company, 3rd Battalion,501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

The "Battle of the Bulge" resulted in the highest number of casualties of any operation during WWII. Vincent was a tenacious machine gunner during the historic battle, earning him the nickname "Curse and traverse" Speranza.

Speranza's grit and tenacity earned him numerous awards including: Fourragere, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, 2 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, World War II Victory Medal, French Croix de Guerre, Legion of Honour, and the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster.

In 1948, Vince returned home and married Iva Leftwich. They would go on to have two daughters and a son. Iva passed away on March 6, 2017.

Speranza taught U.S. History in the New York City schools for over twenty years until he retired in Auburn, Illinois.

Today, Vincent travels all around the world sharing his war stories in hopes of reminding citizens of the value of freedom and the importance of leadership under adversity. In May 2021, Speranza will lead the Honor Ride, a cross-country tribute to all service members. He will be escorted by The Run for The Wall and Rolling Thunder organizers to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC.

After, Speranza will pay his respects to our fallen Vietnam veterans, he will "Pass the Torch" to the next generation of veterans at the Wall on Terror in Marseilles, Illinois.

The "Pass the Torch" project and documentary are sponsored by PRAESIDUS, the creators of "The Battle of Bulge" commemorative watch.

To learn more about Speranza's memories of the war, you can read them in his book called NUTS available on Amazon.

The first 50 customers to purchase Vincent J. Speranza commemorative watches, will receive the award-winning NUTS! book.

"Freedom is not free; Someone must be willing to pay the price if it is to be maintained."

Vince Speranza A11 Limited Edition


Inspired by the M1919 Browning machine gun Vince Speranza clung unto for dear life during the Battle of the Bulge, this limited edition watch has a unique strap with holes that remind you of the iconic gun's barrel.


The winter of 1944 was the coldest winter in decades. This watch sits on a black dial with white numbers and indexes as a reminder of how Vince Speranza remained undeterred as he defended his position in freezing temperatures.


This collaboration is a celebration of Vince Speranza's daring stint during the deadliest and bloodiest battle of Word War 2. To make it more special, the "Battle of the Bulge" commemorative watch will only be released in 1,000 pieces.

NUTS! A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne

When Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, acting Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, was demanded to surrender, his response was simply, "Nuts!"

In his book, Vince Speranza recounted his experience manning a foxhole in Bastogne during the bloodiest campagin of WW2, the Battle of the Bulge.

The first 50 people who order their Vince Speranza A11 Limited Edition watch will receive a free copy of Vince's book


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