A I was on this LST in the channel waiting to hit the beach when
I was woke up by the sixteen inch guns and the rockets that were
aimed at the Omaha beach from the two Battleship that were next
to the LST. It was a hell of a sight. About eleven am we were on our way to the beach
and the captain said he was going to give us a dry landing
so when we got to the beach he pulled back as we would have to wade
to the beach as that spot was to deep. As we were going into the
beach I had to go to the bow of the ship the put on a flame thrower
as the ship was pulling back an 88 shell fell were the bow of the
ship was so if the captain had not said he was going to give us
a dry landing I would not be here now and a lot of others would
have been killed.The only ones that would know about that will be me and the captain
of that LST. Maybe 1 or 2 crew members. When I got up on the
road above the cliff at Omaha Beach, we assembled and my Staff Sgt
came up to me and told me my friend was captured or was dead as
they went on patrol and hadn't came back yet. As we were standing
around this Sergeant. He moved everyone around me I told him, after
I put a 45 in his belly, that I would count to three and if they
were not pull back away from me i was going to shoot him. What happend
was that he had everyone come over were I was and as I had a flame
thrower on my back and was a big enough target as it was I didn't
need anyone around me so that we would be a bigger target. I started
to count and did not get one out and he move them.
That night we were behind an hederow and the germans
were shooting machine guns fire at us all night long and they hit
some Sergeant. My Staff Sergeant came and told me. I don't know
why he came and told me what was going on all night as I was only
a PFC. We came across some German tank, truck, motorcycle with sidecar,
town car and vw beetle all with Germans bodies all burned up in
them I will remember that as long as I am alive.
After a night of intense machine gun fire over our heads we started
to go forward as we were going forward I tried out the flame thrower
and it did not fire so I tossed it to the ground and had to go to
the road to get a gun from a dead soldier. I had no trouble finding
one as a whole squad of soldiers were laying dead on that road.
We didn't meet any Germans that day so at night we slept in a fox
hole the next day I woke up to see the first lieutenant looking
at me if it had been a German we would have been killed.
What happen the third person that was on guard
went to sleep and did not wake anyone up and we all were so beat
that we just slept all night even if you told me that before we
did I would have told you that you were nuts how can anyone sleep
with all that noise.
After we got out of that fox hole we took off and when we got near
some woods I saw a friend of mine on a stretcher he was shot in
the rear end, I told him I told you to keep you rear end down. We
keep walking and about five o'clock I had to go as we were in this
field I just pulled my pants down and went that was the first time
I went and only time as long as I was in combat.
That night the Lt. told this person that was to
wake me up the night before and I to set up a machine gun and watch
it so again we took turns and the next thing I heard was my name
being called he forgot to wake me up again, Well we never got to
do anything together again. The forth day nothing happened we just
walked from one field into an other. Things got hot on the fifth
Nothing worth reporting happened on this day.....
On the fifth day three of us were walking into this farm and there
were cows up in the trees laying all over the area in chunks.
There was a farmer milking his cows and when he saw us he picked
up his milk bucket and came runing to us we tryed to tell him not
to come but he would not stop until we drank some of his milk. After
we drank some of his milk he left and we went on our way. We came
to a road and join the rest of the Company as we were walking down
the road we came uder fire from some Germans in a farmhouse acroos
the road after we got rid of them we left and as we left I tap the
Gi ahead of me but he did not move as I went by I saw he had
taking a bullet in his left ear he didn't even move so that was
the 5th day.
The Lt. Told me to go to C. company and to tell them that we would
be on there right he gave me two other GIs and also told us not
to engage any Germans. I told him what if we met any Germans are
we to tell them we can't engage you so you go your way and we will
go the other way, So he told forget what I said if you meet any
do what you have to do. Any way after we met C company and told
them we were on there right we were walking back to met up with
As we were walking on this road and as we came
around the bend in the road we came upon this village in the middle
of the road were a group of people when we got close to them there
were about 24 ladies standing around a priest. When we got closer
they told us that there were nine Germans in a house and as they
were telling us these we heard a tank coming down the road we hid,and
after we saw that it was one of ours we stop him and told the tank
commander that there were Germans in that house and we left as we
got to the end of the road we heard a boom so I think they just
destroy the house.
After we made the left turn we walked about a quarter mile and we
heard some firing and I looked over this hedgerow and saw four of
our GI. dead, I went to an opening and as I stuck my nose out to
see what was going on a bullet hit the ground just in front of my
nose and I got some dirt in my face. I left that spot and found
my Lt Stone and he told me to take the other two soldiers and go
to that farm house and tell everyone there to get out and if they
did not to make them leave.
So we went in but the only ones there were a older
man and his wife so I told them they had to leave but they didn't
want to so I had to force them to leave. After we left the house
we joined our company which was pin down by the river and looked
on as one of our airplane drop a bomb on the Germans on the other
side of the river but it didn't do any good and that was the only
bomb that was drop on them.
After the plane drop it bomb one of the soldiers
that was in the woods said that he was hit so I tried to go to him
I got to a tree and told him to leave that place but then he said
he was hit again I told him to leave again and that was when I felt
like if someone slapped my right hand I look at it and my middle
finger was all blooded up a and was just hanging there by a thread.
I went back to the hedgerow and told a soldier to bandage it but
he was so scared to do it and as I tried to get him to bandage my
hand the Germans open up with a burst from there machine gun and
hit me in the legs I told that soldier that I was hit in the legs
and to bandage my hand but he would not bandage so I got mad at
him you don't want to know what I said to him.
Anyway I stood up and took off all my gear and
pick up a soldier that was hit on the hip and could not walk and
carried him up the hill and drop him in the gully I then went crossed
the road and saw a medic and Lt. Stone and told the medic about
the solider that I left in the cully the
medic said we will getto him after we get you fixed up. After he
finish bandage me up, a Jeep with a litter on it and took me to
a field hospital I don't know if they picked up that solider.
After they took me to the
field hospital they put me in this tent that they put up I don't
know how long it was but it looked like it was quarter mile long.
I was the first one to be put in there and it wasn't long before
it was full up. There was an older French man that moan all night
long I didn't get any sleep. The next morning the thirteen of June
the nurse came to give out breakfast and said none for you and gave
me a shot in the arm and the next thing it was 2am the next day.
The fourteen of June.
I woke up and the first
thing I said were is my breakfast the nurse came over and said "shhhh"
you are wakening up the other soldiers but I kept asked for my breakfast
so she said if I give you some orange juice will be still I said
ok I took one sip and went back to sleep.
In the afternoon they put
me in a plane a DC 3 I believe and said you are going home. Well
the right engine would not start so they tried the left engine and
it started so they tried the right one again and it stilled didn't
start so they took us off the plane and put us in the ducks and
put us on the hospital ship that was in the channel and we stayed
there for three nights. Every night the Germans Planes would come
over and bomb the beach and the ack-ack guns shells would hit the
deck of the ship and scare you. After the hospital ship was filled
we left for England when we got there they took us off the ship
and put us in a hospital for the night.
After we got to England
the next day we were transferred to a hospital in England to recuperate
after I was heal I was sent back to France were I traveled from
one place to another for 14 teen months.