7:37 | Herb Suerth remembers the time he was injured in battle and the time he spent in the hospital.
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Herb Suerth tells of his early life and upbringing in thinking of joining the military. While stationed in New York City, they had a lot of thrills while living in a hotel downtown.
While training for the 101st Airborne Division, Suerth and his company took many test jumps, with varying levels of success. He describes what drew soldiers to Airborne and the trials they all went through to have such a designation.
Herb Suerth tells of some members of his company and one particular encounter with General Patton that he will never forget.
Herb Suerth remembers a memorable moment he had burying a German soldier and the events that transpired after that.
Herb Suerth remembers the time he was seriously wounded in battle and the toll it had on his family.
Herb Suerth remembers a leave he took with some members of his company to Cuba and a particularly close encounter they had while spending time there.
As they were setting up a new gun position, everyone in Howard Margol's artillery unit detected a strange odor. Some said it was a chemical factory but Howard Margol said no, that was the smell when his mom burned chicken skin. The new gun position was near the town of Dachau.
He was flying his 22nd mission in the nose turret but Don Ogden had only engaged enemy fighters once. He never saw the two that brought down his B-24 and wounded him with shell fragments. He tells the story of his exciting escape from the plane, the fall from high altitude, and his miraculous landing.
After liberating Metz and being struck by a German counterattack, Arnold Whittaker recalls the massive numbers of replacement soldiers sent in to his company, and the dangers those inexperienced soldiers posed to their seasoned peers.
After months of indifferent medical care and abuse at the hands of his Hungarian captors, which included being sentenced to death in a court where no one spoke English, Don Ogden finally met a German. After a week in solitary, the officer interrogated him without success.
On one memorable mission, B-26 pilot Dick Bailey dipped under cloud cover for visibility during the bomb run. They were so low, the planes were damaged by their own bombs. On another, they sustained the most damage of the war from their own waist gunner.
Bill Cruickshank remembers his first combat experience capturing German troops on the Riva Ridge in Northern Italy, February of 1945, and how he came face to face with one of his German prisoners fifty years later.
After surviving the crash of his B-24 and seeing the burned bodies of his crew, Don Ogden was imprisoned in Hungary where he suffered abuse from civilians and was nearly killed in an American bombing raid. Once again he was saved by being where he was. This time it was the basement.