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Jack Roan | 3rd Ranger Battalion - Army

6:49   |   On his way to a German stalag, Jack Roan was shown a camp where prisoners were starving, perhaps to scare him. When he got to his own camp, it was large and filthy. He jumped at the chance to become a laborer for a German farmer.

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Videos ( 4 )
WWII
  • Jack Roan  |  WWII  |  2nd Armored Division  |  4:43

    He thought some of the things he had to do in basic training were stupid, like getting up early and running, but Jack Roan came to appreciate later the preparation he got there. He went first to North Africa, where he encountered the legendary General George Patton.

  • Jack Roan  |  WWII  |  2nd Armored Division  |  4:23

    Jack Roan has a scar on his arm that he received from a mounted German soldier who attacked him in a manner that was straight out of the nineteenth century. It took place in North Africa, where he was found himself without a unit after being in the hospital. They had shipped out, so he volunteered for Ranger training. Big mistake.

  • Jack Roan  |  WWII  |  3rd Ranger Battalion  |  4:38

    The Ranger battalion was supposed to make it to a certain point in Italy by nightfall, but rain and mud slowed them down. The result was that the Germans were already there and had a distinct advantage. Jack Roan describes the humiliating surrender of hundreds of Rangers that followed.

  • Jack Roan  |  WWII  |  3rd Ranger Battalion  |  6:59

    He was sick with dysentery, but Jack Roan was determined to escape. The Germans were marching prisoners aimlessly on the road, so security was lax. He and two others made their move during a big storm. They hid in the woods and took potatoes from fields until they made contact with allies.

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