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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

George Starks | 407th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force

5:09   |   After bailing out, evading German troops and hiding in the woods, B-17 Pilot George Starks was helped by French civilians and put on his way over land toward Switzerland. He had a broken bone in his foot, but he managed to make good time, with some help from locals. German troops were everywhere but his young looks and beret gave him a chance when he encountered them. Part 2 of 7.

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  • George Starks  |  Korea  |  Multiple Units  |  5:49

    He had been a pilot, but George Starks was now an army dentist. When war broke out in Korea, he had to go, following the action all the way from Inchon up into the north. He was part of the hasty retreat south, as well as the push back northwards after regrouping.

  • George Starks  |  Korea  |  Multiple Units  |  7:26

    He had evaded Nazis in France and followed the action through Korea, but there was one more adversary for George Starks to overcome, the unfairness of army bureaucracy. He had to defeat, or at least outlast, this final obstacle to return home.

  • George Starks  |  Korea  |  Multiple Units  |  1:53

    It was long after his service as an army dentist in Korea that George Starks read an article in the paper about a veteran who described his evacuation and medical care. He was sure he must have done the surgery so he decided to contact him.

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