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We hope you will enjoy a sampling of the great stories you will read in the book.

You Did What?
By John Ruechsling, 29th Infantry Division, Forward Artillery Observer.

We were to fly to England to look at this new type artillery shell. They called it a proximity fuse shell. It was a different kind of artillery shell, which exploded above 15 feet from contact of anything. It automatically exploded. This allowed them to shoot down more planes and blow up more open-end trenches that the Germans were hiding in. 
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"Operation Beer Rescue"
William H. Muehleib, served with the Air Corps in WWII. 

Bill asked for Hawaii as a dream place to begin his service. The dream became a nightmare on 12-7-41! Here he recounts an experience on that day.
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All God's Children Gotta Pee….. Even Infantrymen!
By Charles G. Pefinis, WWII, 3rd Army, 87th Division,
345th Regiment, Company G

As a combat infantryman peeing took some time and doing making you rush to catch up with your friends. Those of us who were skilled at this function developed what we referred to as the “Backass Method”. Although hard to do, with a little concentration and effort and the concurrence of the guy behind you, you peed walking backwards. Most of us got quite good at doing it.
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"Protection" Prank
Another anecdote submitted by Charles G. Pefinis (“PIF”)
87th Division 345 Regiment Company G

... Everything was going along fine until we were assigned a new top Sergeant in charge of our platoon. This guy was born an SOB. He epitomized the DI type, very stern, never smiling, neat as the perpetually shined “pin”. Our nickname for him was Sergeant A.H. He knew it and could not care less.
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Hot Water "High Jinks"
Another anecdote submitted by Charles G. Pefinis (“PIF”)
87th Division, 345th Regiment, Company G.

In early January 1945, I started infantry basic training at Camp Howzey (near Paris ) Texas . We call it "Camp Lowzey"....For some reason which we could not comprehend, Camp “Lowzey” had the hottest water in the world!
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Honor Thy Brother
From Warren D. Jensen

My brother, Howard W. Jensen was a pilot with the Ninth Air Force. He left Freeborn County in February 1942 as a draftee into the U.S. Army. After the induction processes, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Air Force. Soon he was assigned to Pilot Training School. Upon completion of pilot training, he was commissioned a Second Lt. and shipped over to England to await D-Day.
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John Lambros & John F. Kennedy

John Lambros enlisted in the Navy as an Apprentice Seaman at the end of 1942. He was sent to Midshipman School at Columbia University for 4 months andcommissioned as an Ensign in March 1943. Of 900 Midshipmen in his class, Ensign Lambros and 10 others were selected for duty aboard Patrol/Torpedo (PT) Boats.
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The Parachute
By Charles Plumb

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions,
his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and
parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a
communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on
lessons learned from that experience!
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Odd Ball WW II Historical Information
By Col. D.G. Swinford, USMC, Rte., HISTORY BUFF

The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937), the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940), the highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps... So much for allies.
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If any of you have ever been to a military funeral where taps were played, this comment provides a new meaning and insight.
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