D: "So, we, I never got shot but I know that from personal experience I should be dead three times over, but I just lucked out."
D: "Yeah, I think the first one.. was when my bazooka partner and I and a few other soldiers from the outfit were walking around the side of a hill and we didn’t realize that we were in view of the Germans, they dropped an 88 millimeter, high explosive shell that lit right between Leo, my partner, and myself, which should have killed us instantly, but it was a dud. By the time they dropped the second shell, we were around the hill again."
A: "I imagine you didn’t waste any time!"
D: "No, not when you know that they have you zeroed in. Another time… we were, and this was only within a couple of days, maybe a day after. We were dug in in the backside of a hill, and they ripped some more of these 88 millimeter, mortar shells on us and they’d come over our heads, because we were on the backside of the hill, and one of them clipped a branch off the tree right above where our foxhole was, and it should have exploded, but didn’t.
And the third incident was the funniest of all, looking back on it. We were trying to get a bunch of Germans, we called them Krauts, short for Sauerkraut. We were trying to get them out of this, uh fortified, if you want to call it that, farmhouse they were in. They were all fortified because they were all stoned and they all had walls three feet thick. And they were not able to do much about getting them out, so they finally called fro the bazooka squads and two of us, two squads, and Leo and I made it up there and they shoed us the farmhouse and they’d already killed three of my buddies, in my company, and… so we set up and fired on them. But there were trees in the way, and we could not get a decent field of fire, and the bazooka shells have to be fired, in those days had to be fired without any deflection because they had to hit pinpoint. And we couldn’t do it because of the trees and the branches and finally this lieutenant said, “well come around the side,” he said, “we can hit’em from there.”
And I asked him, “Is that cleared out?”
And he said, “Oh yeah, yeah.”As a result of this little incident, I didn’t speak to that son of a bitch for six months. But, anyhow, we went around to the side and we found a place to set up and we had a clear shot at this little farmhouse and took aim, we were behind a high bank so we didn’t have any worried about getting nailed, and set up the bazooka and fired a shot at the farmhouse. I’d already laid my auxiliary weapon down, my M-1 down, and Leo had laid down his carbine and when we hit the farmhouse, right inside the door, it caused quite a bit of consternation. The Germans that were in the farmhouse were, started… waving a white flag, indicating that they wanted to surrender and so I hollered at them in German to do just that, and the next thing we heard was a little commotion in the brush behind us and we turned around and there were two camoflauged foxholes with three germans in each one of them and they had machine guns and they had grenades, they could have wasted us 40 times over. But they surrendered, they came out of the foxholes with their hands up. Those are the three incidents I remember."
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