ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Army officials say a World War II veteran is coming to Alaska to visit his old unit.

Officials say Vincent Speranza will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on Wednesday and Thursday for his visit with the 501st Infantry Regiment, which is now part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

According to officials, the 88-year-old veteran was a combat paratrooper during World War II after joining the Army in October 1943 following his graduation from high school.

Speranza served with the regiment during the siege of Bastogne, in which German troops surrounded his division. He was wounded soon after the Battle of the Bulge, recovering in England before returning to his unit.

At JBER, Speranza will visit with members of the 501st. Officials say he also will tour unit areas and on Thursday will ride aboard an Alaska National Guard UH-60 helicopter to watch a unit drop exercise.