Andy Negra Jr. was born on May 28, 1924 near Avella, Pennsylvania and was the first in his family to graduate from high school. Joining the U.S. Army on August 2, 1943, he attended basic training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and shipped out overseas on February 11, 1944. Upon landing in Wales, he was attached to the 128th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 6th Armored Division.
Andy´s unit landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on July 18, 1944. From Normandy, he fought in the battle of Brest, France. In December 1944, the 6th Armored Division was ordered to take part in the Battle of the Bulge. The unit was heavily engaged in the battle for Bastogne, Belgium and after a short period of rehabilitation in January 1945, the division resumed the offensive, penetrating the Siegfried Line. On April 11, 1945 battalions of the 6th Armored Division liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. The division continued to race on, taking Leipzig followed by the crossing of the River Zwickau Mulde at Rochlitz on April 15, 1945. Andy and his unit held their defensive positions along the Mulde River until the end of hostilities in Europe. He then went on to serve in the Occupation of Germany with the 2nd Armored Division. Andy was honorably discharged on December 17, 1945.