Rank: Private First Class
Name
Milton J. Long
Nationality
American
Unit
14th Armored Division
Location
Somewhere in France
Date
June, 1944
Survived the war?
Yes
7th Army Group

How i almost got killed

Every wwii veteran has his favorite story of an experience he had an this is mine. We hadn’t been in france very long before we learned that war is hell. You try to keep dry and warm which at times is very difficult. On this winter day in france my buddy and i chased a couple kraut soldiers into the basement of a bombed out building. We moved up to a window and decided we would throw a grenade in and then go in.

We tossed the grenade in the basement window and soon heard the explosion which was followed by the sound of glass breaking. We went in ready to fight and only found a basement a foot deep in rare wine. We had blown up a wine cellar and broken all but one bottle. News travels fast and soon members of my unit were present. When they found out i had blown up a basement full of rare wines, well i almost got killed. I still remember seeing soldiers dipping up wine with their canteen cups. This was a day i will never forget.


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Good Conduct
Good Conduct
Bronze Star
Bronze Star
Victory
Victory

Veteran's personal file

14th Armored Division

The LCI (L) 85 during the USS Samuel Chase incident.
The LCI (L) 85 during the USS Samuel Chase incident.
The LCI (L) 83 landing at Omaha Beach on the 6th June 1944.
The LCI (L) 83 landing at Omaha Beach on the 6th June 1944.
The crew of the LCI (L) 83, my ship. in Darthmouth, England prior to D-Day. In the far right of the picture you can see Coast Guard Commander Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion of the world.
The crew of the LCI (L) 83, my ship. in Darthmouth, England prior to D-Day. In the far right of the picture you can see Coast Guard Commander Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion of the world.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009,
  • McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, USA

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