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May 14th, 2012, 4:12 pm #11

You'll note the above 'C' Battery trooper also listed on the top page.
He was a strapping, dark-haired guy, who resembled Lil Abner and he
had a big mouth.  Despite being an enlisted man, he always made loud
derogatory comments about LTC Weisberg, the Bn commander.  One day,
I think it was on the docks in Newfoundland, Weisberg actually squared-off
with him and they had a helluva fistfight. 
Strangely enough. they reportedly reconciled after the war and became friends;
I think Wells became a minister, but George K. could probably clarify the details
about Wells.
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May 14th, 2012, 6:41 pm #12

OK, if you need clarification, I can relate the following story. Harry was wounded when a German stick grenade was lobbed into his foxhole. He attempted to throw it out but it went off just as he threw it damaging both hands. He was assisted to a French farm where he received some aid, but was so badly wounded that the French family feared he would die from his wounds. One of their sons cycled into town to find the local doctor who came back to look at Harry and thought that there was little to be done and his only hope was to get him treatment by the Germans. The boy cycled back to town and brought back some German troops and they took Harry away to Hospital in Valognes. He was later transferred to another hospital in Cherbourg. This story came from the French boys who by this time were in their late 70s because Harry had very little memory of what happened due to his injuries.
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May 15th, 2012, 3:58 am #13

Thanks Mark for showing those scans , can i use them for my bundle with recollections from veterans i met in the past ? (credited to you ofcourse)

I wrote my letter to Harry and hope to get it in the mail today or tomorrow.



I guess he was verry lucky to just only lose his fingers ? I guess when you have a stick grenade in your hand and when it goes off...99% get killed instantly ?

He was mortally wounded but i bet he must had some angel protecting him.



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May 15th, 2012, 5:53 am #14

First, certainly you are welcome to use those documents in any way you see fit.
As to the conflicting versions of how Harry H. lost his hands, Al McKay was present
when it happened.  Until about 10 yrs ago, he was a regular at the MI Lunch Bunch.
He said that Hoots was seen playing with a US pineapple grenade, not long before the
explosion.  This led McKay and others to assume he was wounded by his own grenade.
Apparently, it is possible that they assumed incorrectly for many decades, and the stick
grenade story is certainly also possible. For decades, the pineapple version has stood, as
recorded in George K's first book.  But that was based on testimony from other troopers
and not from Harry H. himself.
Btw, I have never met not interviewed HH in all these years, so I don't have any opinion re:
the grenade injury, one way or another... 
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May 15th, 2012, 7:05 am #15

Interesting , i guess that might be a fact we might never know for 100%. Maybe if he responds to me and all is positive, i can ask him about this incident.

More might follow in the future...



I appreciate the comments!



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May 15th, 2012, 8:53 am #16

Robin-
Perhaps you should not put him on the spot...there would have been
a reason if the story was deliberately changed.
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May 15th, 2012, 9:00 am #17

No i'm not planning to ask him how it happend...thats not my job to figure out and i don't feel like i have to know after all...

I will just ask him general things IF he replies me... other than that...nope ...i gave it a second thought and will leave this incident as it was... " injured by a grenade ".



Thank god he survived in the first place.



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May 15th, 2012, 10:28 am #18

Right and even more amazing that he has managed to
out-live 85% of his contemporaries.
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May 15th, 2012, 1:42 pm #19

Thanks for this posting Robin . It reminded me also of my first trip to Normandy in 2004 for 60th anniversary.

My first contact with a veteran was with Col. Steve Kellman 16th reg. 1st Div. at the Big Red One Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach.

I was as green as grass of knowledge of Normandy. Read a few books yes but to be actually there was a long time wish of me.

I was just absorbing everything around me and didn't know where to start first.

I had the Battlefield Guide by Major & Mrs Holt with me as a reference where to go. I visited all the museum along the coast from Ouistreham to Utah Beach.

Saw the para dropping @ la Fiere from the N13 passing St.Mere eglise cause i didn't knew where it was and how to go there but it was fantastic to see it for the first time like that even if it was from a distance. Those few days that i was there was quiet an experience for me and the start of a new episode in my life.

2 years later i met my present partner in St.Mere-Eglise and that changed my life completely. Visiting Carentan frequently where she lived and Houesville where her sister lives in her elderly home placed me in the middle of where all the action was as i later learned thanks to this forum. My presence on this forum brought some people together meaning the visit of Dick Ladd to the farmhouse Houesville thanks to a picture that was posted here on the forum by Mark and that was recognised by my partner. Now living on and off in Amsterdam and Isigny sur mer and having met friends along the way i feel blessed to be part of this community of airborne friends that keeps the memory alive of these brave men that fought for our freedom.

By the way, the first paratrooper i met was Julius Eisner , Pathfinder 505th 82 nd Airborne. We've been good friends ever since.



This was my post nr.1000 and one well placed !



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May 15th, 2012, 3:18 pm #20

Great post Boy , glad to see 2004 was also a special year for you.

You seem to have hit some kind of jackpot I'm happy for you.



See you , without a doubt , in a few weeks!



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