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Jim Sharp | 1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B

6:23   |   Some of the most dangerous fighting in Europe happened in the streets of German towns. The German infantry set up machine guns aimed down the narrow street, and when they weren't there, they were hiding in homes and churches waiting for an opportunity to strike. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

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WWII
  • Jim Sharp  |  WWII  |  1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B  |  4:09

    Jim Sharp tells the story of how a farm-boy and his brothers would come to serve in the military, but due to the need for work in agriculture, Jim's drafting was delayed. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jim's service would be needed overseas, and he was sent to train at Ft. Leavenworth. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

  • Jim Sharp  |  WWII  |  1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B  |  4:28

    It was a long trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe made even longer by the threat of German U-Boats and depth charges. Landing in Le Havre, Jim Sharp saw the sheer amount of devestation the D-Day invasion had brought to France. It wouldn't be long until Sharp would be on the front lines to see the fighting firsthand. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

  • Jim Sharp  |  WWII  |  1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B  |  8:22

    Jim Sharp was staged in Givet, France while the Battle of the Bulge raged. It was a frigid winter and sleeping in a hay barn would be one of the few reprieves from the biting cold he'd feel sitting watch in a foxhole. Coming into the battle as a replacement, he'd face the terror of incredible German firepower in the Ardennes. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

  • Jim Sharp  |  WWII  |  1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B  |  4:18

    The German infantry were dedicated to their cause and had the support of some of the strongest armor in the world. Jim Sharp recalls what it was like to be head-to-head with Hitler's Army. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

  • Jim Sharp  |  WWII  |  1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. B  |  4:04

    Soldiers in every war find mementos during their time in the field, and Jim Sharp was no exception. In this clip, he describes some of the items he brought back home from the war, including a Swastika flag that was signed by the men that were there with him. (Interview conducted in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation as part of their Ike's Soldiers program. https://eisenhowerfoundation.net & http://ikessoldiers.com)

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