"Well first the Sergeant came down, he saw that I was alone there, so he sent down a corporal and three men, and they came down, and the corporal, corporal Melendly, he was, he got shot through the head, immediately. But he didn’t die, they saved him, the three men, Brown, (inaudible) they brought him back to first aid and he was treated at first aid. Somehow they managed to get him back to the hospital corps, or the hospital corps men. (inaudible) Anyway, they got him back. Of course, that left me with nobody and finally the lieutenant come down, and he was sort of disturbed. There was a bunch of cartridges going off, they caught on fire somehow on the right side of me. He saw the cartridges going off and he started to laugh, a hysterical laugh, you know. He disappeared and he must have sent Murph Whitney up, one man, and Murph stayed with me until we were relieved by the 103 rd. After we drove the Germans back, after they got sick of trying to take our trenches, they, of course retreated back to their own trench. The 103 rd came down, this was on the 13 th or the 15 th, and relieved us. But we hadn’t had any water or anything to eat in all that time. Of course, you couldn’t swallow any water. I got up to battalion headquarters and there was a hydrant there. Tried to get a drink and it wouldn’t go down, like my stomach was all tied up in a knot. The lieutenant stand outside, we were down in the trench in Vignot. Vignot was the name of the town where our headquarters were and where the hospital corps men was. So we got, so there was a lieutenant watching us and he was right out in the open, and of course the Germans were firing .88 artillery shells. They were exploding all around, and he was standing there, and he lost his leg right at the hip. We kept going, we didn’t stop. We got down to the foot of the hill, there was a place down there, sort of a shack, and it was filled with dead men, men who’d been killed. There was a spring in the back of it. Some of the men started, tried to get a drink at the spring, and (inaudible) and he was bending over to get a drink and a shell made a direct hit on him. Blew him in half, and half of him went into the spring. Well, we didn’t try to get a drink. (chuckles) Nobody did after that. They kept going and we kept going until we got to Vignot. And in Vignot, they had already dug a grave along side the cemetery, a mass grave. It was, oh jeepers, I don’t even know how long that was, it must have been a couple hundred feet long. I saw the grave there and then I can’t remember a darn thing that happened after seeing that grave until we were called out that night at, we were called out just before morning."
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