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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Herman Buffington | K Company, 303rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 96th Infantry Division - Army

5:38   |   Herman Buffington explains how it's more difficult than it sounds to get from the rope ladder on a troop transport into the Higgins Boat waiting at the bottom. When they stormed ashore at Okinawa, there was no opposition at first, but that would soon change, especially the snipers. The Americans learned to judge how close the shot was by the sound of the bullets that missed them. If they got closer, you had to make some decisions.

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