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I'm down in Alabama visiting with my wife's family. My wife's granddad is still kickin'. He's 94, and went on The Honor Flight last year (he's still talking about it and showing off all the acoutraments). He's a hero in more ways than just serving against The Hun. Before we married we came down, and I guess because I'm a veteran too he started talking about WWII. He had never talked about it before, but really opened up to me and started telling me all sorts of sea stories in front of the whole family, who all sat there silently with their mouths hanging open. That was eight years ago. Now we've recorded most if not all his stories, and he's embraced what time has made bearable. He was an FO. He got the Bronze Star at the Battle of The Bulge when he got overrun, captured, and promptly led about 20 guys in an escape back to friendly lines (great story).His shadow box is a little worse for wear, but I'm not going to point that out to him.He was always ahead of everyone else. The rear for him was our lines. He picked up 8 pistols off Germans surenduring to his three man team. When it was time to go home (after a year of being on the occupational force). Supply told him he could only take one pistol home (beats me why he believed them). The guys in his unit asked him what he was going to do with the other 7, and asked him to give the, the pistols. He invited them to the back of the camp to receive their gifts. He said he pulled them one at a time out of the sack and dropped them in the deepest latrine there was. "Now go get 'em, because that's exactly what I had to do to collect those pistols". If you met him you would see how perfect this is. This is the one he kept, "because it was small and sleek"...It's hasn't been fired since it was dropped.Earlier this year the Pensacola PBS affiliate interviewed him about the war. As the interview ended they asked him what his final thoughts were. He said, "I really enjoyed killing those Germans. I'd do it again if they asked me to."