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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Bill Newman | 359th Field Artillery Battalion, 95th Infantry Division - Army

5:55   |   The song rang out from the rail cars loaded with American soldiers. It was "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and Bill Newman knew instantly what unit it was. He was in the communications group of a field artillery battalion, so he was often stuck with KP and guard duty. He vividly remembers his first night on guard duty in a combat zone. (This interview made possible with the support of NORMAN PICKER SR.)

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