Marvin Sussman, France, Europe discussed on Patti Vasquez


Gun. We rode around in jeeps when when once we broke out of Normandy. The cavalry went out in front leading the way and open roads. And the the point chief the first Jeep going down an empty road. We well, it was generally would be to GPS in an armored car in his squad. And we had six we had three fifty caliber machine guns one on each vehicle three thirty caliber machine guns, each vehicle, the armored car to japes arm, retired armored car had thirty seven MO meter cannon that the white phosphorus. So we had we we could dispatch one hundred bullets in three seconds. If we all got at the same time. So we were on the better in the Germans were was there a point maybe early on and your tour in Europe where it was shoot or be shot where this was. Absolutely. But my point is was that. Must've been a new feeling right there, you were trained as an engineer going to be in Chicago some day. And now you're this kid thrown into France, you haven't shot or killed anybody. And now you're about to do it. I wonder what that moment is like for a young. It's it would be. Entirely new for me because of one hundred and forty men in the troop, I was probably maybe half a dozen of from the city had had never done hunting from age ten like the other guys and the idea of just shooting a rifle at something was new entirely new. So it was it was just unexpected. But. We were trained to do it to me. We had good training. I just finished the book, I told your son spearhead, which is about a World War Two US World War Two actually determines as well. But it was about what the the tank battles were like with the tanks. Tankers? They call them dementia tax with the with the life of those tankers was like, and you know, just how difficult for us to imagine that experience and afterwards when when they were in their seventies eighties. Some of those men were still dealing with the trauma of having to do that. And going back to the scene of the battles. Germany, and France was very therapeutic for them a long way asking the question was it difficult for you. When you came back stateside to get over. What all you went through and Europe. I probably retrospect. Yes. May be at the time. I was simply lost and didn't understand why. But it took me. Until nineteen forty nine that is of four years after I came home before I resolved to become an engineer and entered Illinois instamatic -nology, I was lost for four years. Of course, I had gone to Roosevelt university, and I had ate lunch with Harold Washington. Roosevelt college. Yeah. But I was lost. I was studying languages and rushing attacks. Okay. You are student till you going to school, but no no direction no direction. And maybe no even. To me that would be the least by concerns, I know kids going to school. Now, they don't know what the what from down is what they should be doing with their lives. But you seem to be now. And maybe then you were emotionally mentally pretty stable after all of that. I don't think so looking back. No, no. Because I if I had been rational would have done entirely different things were almost out of time. And I know you do videos you talk to organizations and schools, which just amazing any blast of survey. Ships are words you have for our listeners right now. I am. Very much concerned about the way the world is going. I think I think America should have kept a draft. That was the greatest thing because I could've never met two guys that I met without to draft. And it's a serious loss to to not have to drive me. Don't know we're separated, we're we're isolated will you? We don't know other Americans. We can't know them and the draft would've avoided that I'm very sorry about that. And somebody got to somebody to do something about that many year to isn't that much out of somebody's life is that it's not just that you'd meet other Americans, but it would be service to your controversial relearning. What you learn the army. Plus you can do. All kinds of learning and the arm. There's a lot to learn. So I wonder how your son feels about that for you in the military at any point. No, I wasn't. I grew up in the gap between the at Phnom and whatever came later. Yeah. See I I don't know if you and I probably older than you. But as a young boy Vietnam was being waged in there. I am eight nine ten eleven twelve years old, and I'm getting closer and closer to draftable age and terrified me. I mean as an adult today, I still think I knew kids whose brothers. We're going to get drafted or were in the army, and and I I just could not comprehend having to do with those men were doing what you did, sir. And if even that left in oppression on me all these years later, right? So so I think you know, what you did. And what you're asking people to consider today is is not only commendable, but is very challenging. That's not some. I expected you to say there's there's something wrong with this country. And that's why we've got the president. We've got. And we don't have to go there. That's another show. Back. You know what I will? We won't even talk about that. But Marvin congratulations. Thank you for your service. Good Lord, and congratulations on on living such a long healthy and evidently amiable life. I'm anxious for you to go back to France on the seventy fifth anniversary. We're looking forward to Marvin's. Thank you Sussman and Mark thank you both for coming in. We bring them back again sometime you call will come out of people watch his videos, by the way. Been searched Marvin Sussman. I love this guy. I got a ninety five year old telling me how to do YouTube. This is instructive fellas. Thanks for coming by your live.

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