Audie Murphy, Third Infantry Division, Nebraska discussed on Extreme Genes


What stories are you hearing? Oh, well today was a great interview. I interviewed a World War Two hero. Who is a hundred and three years old? He was born in nineteen fifteen and he was the first guys drafted in the state of Nebraska, and he saw a lot of combat. He fought all the way from North Africa, Sicily up, the boot of Italy, and he was a platoon sergeant which means he's in charge of about forty two men lie. Live and he was in a famous division called the third infantry division. Where Audie Murphy served in. Audie Murphy's the most decorated soldier from World War Two. Right. And this man he was wounded twice. He had multiple bullet wounds, and he's still alive, and he's so active at one hundred and three he drove to South Dakota from Denver just a couple of days ago. It's amazing. How do these people receive you, you know, for a lot of the veterans? This is the first time they're talking about it in seventy five years. So at first they're kind of timid. But once they kind of get to know, me and know that I'm not there to judge them. And I'm just there to learn the most welcoming how amazing and Hello people. Anyone will ever come across in their lives? They're so generous, you'll you'll never meet another generation where every single day of their life has been about other people, you know, from school and the great depression to put food on the table how lying about their age to get him to survey. It's always been about how to help other people. And I just think that every single day I get to spend and look one of these heroes, and there is such a blessing. So tell me reshi do any of these people you say, it's the first time they've spoken about their experience in some cases to any of them get emotional in the court. Of sharing their story. So a law the veterans, you know, as you mentioned, I focus on World War Two combat veterans. I tend to focus a lot of the infantry soldiers, you know, which were the dog face soldiers who actually saw the enemy and lived in a foxhole and for a lot of them. They told me things that they've never told anyone else, and it's an opportunity to get some things off their chest before they pass away. You know, killing people thought that was a really big thing. And it is a big thing. But it seems that what affects the veterans more being their friends killed a lot of them talk about guys who they trained with for years and guys who they become really close to only to get into combat and see them get blown apart or shot right in front of them to really tears apart. When people are shooting at you. It's a lot easier to shoot back, but when you know, someone and, you know, their family, and you know, the kind of person they are and. To see them getting killed that's really terrorism apart and a lot of them. They feel that they can finally share that do they cry when they talk about these things sometimes even the toughest World War Two veteran, sometimes tear up. I've had a few veterans breakdown when talking about losing their friends or having to kill people. Yeah. So what were some of the most amazing things that you have been shown, you know, items that were memorabilia from their experiences. Well, in all honesty, if I just go there really for the interview, I take pictures of the veterans, but some of their belongings logged them picked up souvenirs off of the dead soldiers, whether it be dead, Germans or dead Japanese. They would have pictures one. Very sad story. Can I share that short? Please I interviewed this paratrooper up in Erie, Pennsylvania, very nice, man. And he talked to me about his experiences. He jumped in during the Normandy invasion, and he also made a later jumped in Holland called market garden. Yup. And he was eighteen years old when he was in combat. He was a paratrooper. So he volunteered put himself in that position. But he talked to me about a patrol that. He went on. Squad about twelve guys were walking along and a group of German, ambush them came out of the woods to their right? And he just instinctively he saw a German. He fires and he hit the German in the chest. And he killed him. And that was the first time he had to kill someone and he such a friendly. First thing he wouldn't hurt a fly. You know, this man, but the fact that he had to do that it really tore them up, but the story goes on and some of his buddies wet through that dead German talk it, and you know, they were just looking for cigarettes and things like that. And they came across some pictures, and they just through the pictures and the pictures landed at his feet, and it was a picture of this German soldier the one who had just killed. And he told me the German soldier was about his age about seventeen or eighteen a young kid. Yeah. In the picture. It was a picture of the German soldier with his mother and his little sister. And at that point the veteran looks up to me and says, I know I did just kill an enemy. I sort of person. You know, it was someone a lot of veterans have souvenirs that they picked up like samurai swords or Japanese or why falls the Luger pistol was a really highly sought after item. What you're fighting the Germans. But really the thing that I'm therefore the veteran memories another veteran who's really been impactful him and his twin brother Serbs together, they were in a rifle company and usually brothers were not allowed to stay in the survey. That's right. They were separated during training, but they were so upset because they were so close that they begged their mother to write a letter to the commanding officer at the base and ask the big put in the same year that she gave her probation, and they did that. And they go overseas they fight together. And they were a dynamic duo is what I like to think of them as the two of them received the silver star, which is a nation third highest award for valor. They knocked out four German takes three machine gun nests and four German mortar position all by themselves in a matter of about half hour during the battle of the boat. Hey, truly amazing. And they were both eighteen when they were doing this. And the story goes on the veteran who I interviewed James cribs, and he talked to me about his brother shake and they were running in the field. They came under machine gunfire and his twin brother identical twin his twin. Brother was shocked right in front of him. And he talked to me about what it was like to hold your best friends and your twin brother your arms is going to die. And he was telling me about the kind of things that his brother was telling him, and they were both were and are very religious and the veteran who I interviewed was able to give his last rites that his brother, but right as he finished German sniper shot and killed his brother instantly and think that you know, this man had to go through all that you talk to me about how he lost his face. For a while after that experience and how upset he was at the world, but he eventually regained his face. And it was just such an inspirational story of how you can truly persevere through anything. And if you think you're having a bad day 'cause you're stuck in traffic. You're right. You don't know what you're talking about? And we're so fortunate to have the problems that we have in this country. I just problems that they have elsewhere. That we really need to wake up. Well, you are absolutely amazing. And if you know somebody who's a World War Two hero that you'd like Rishi to interview you can reach him at area code.

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