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Maurice O'Donnell | 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division - Army

5:20   |   When Maurice O'Donnell was crossing the English Channel, he was surprised to see another troop ship all lit up. It was the SS Leopoldville, which had just been struck with a torpedo. His division had a change in mission because of the steep losses when it sank. Unfortunately, there were German 88's there, too. (This interview made possible with the support of COL ROBERT W. RUST, USMCR (ret.) in honor of LtGen Lawrence Snowden & LtGen George Christmas.)

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  • Maurice O'Donnell  |  WWII  |  262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division  |  3:50

    Coming out of the Depression, Maurice O'Donnell was fine with being drafted. They had regular meals there in the Army. He found the training camps in the South to be quite hot, unlike his home in Michigan. His duty post on the Atlantic crossing gave him another opportunity to eat. (This interview made possible with the support of COL ROBERT W. RUST, USMCR (ret.) in honor of LtGen Lawrence Snowden & LtGen George Christmas.)

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