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"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

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04:04 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Well, we knew our sinement. Maybe a day before until then we knew nothing. Really? So we were totally mystified about what we were going to do. Well, I'm wondering if you had a sense of what the resistance would be not on your island per se, but on the beaches. Well, they tried to tell us about the kind of fortifications we were going to find, but nobody could give us detailed information. It didn't know what they were going to get into Marvin. Sussman was in our studio earlier this year, that full interview is, on my Facebook page. I'm WGN king. John, and it's also on the WGN radio station page but maybe the easiest way to find it. If you're on Facebook just to like me, WGN, King, John, and you'll find our full conversation with Marv Sussman. I, I know that after that interview he was planning on going to France, he did and Nella thinks he's there now. He was one of the contingent to veterans that are the went over there for the seventy fifth anniversary. I'm not sure if he's there in today or if he'll win exactly he'll be back, but we'll bring them back into the studio with his son and maybe do part two of that conversation he was delightful. And at the end of the interview, I sort of asked him. What advice does he have for America? Today. You know, we fully appreciate our freedom. And he said, something really surprised me that's at the end of that conversation. I, I don't think you will have seen it coming. If you listen to the full interview, I'm WGN king. John on Facebook. Thanks for all of your tax lot of you've called in texted to say, what a great job producer did in my absence. And how swell see Bertrand and John Hansen and Justin Kaufman and Pete McMurray. And everybody handled the joint, you know, that's one of the reasons you don't listen, if your radio guy when your way is because if it goes to well, well, then you're not very happy. And I just can't I can't stand it. I can't stand it if it goes, well, and I can't stand it, if it goes badly, I can't stand being away. There's one thing that they all have in common. Right. What's that? Well, maybe two things right Steve. Because mean you all the other guest host you mean what are you talking about? Not as good as John. Thank you. Now that's not where she's going both Stephen. I were here the whole time. So that's the through line that you have. Right. So there was some consistency. Absolutely. Yeah. No, I knew it was in good hands L, if that's for sure you'll always have us, John. But actually someone says something about a cupcake. Yeah, what's that all about? Tars my birthday, somebody texted, and said, you need to bring cupcakes to af-. And maybe I should send cupcakes over to the hospital to along with eighty thousand dollars. You happy birthday in advance of bring the cupcakes tomorrow. That's okay. You don't have to do that. Now I gotta bring cupcake. I think you do. Now she kind of she wants women. You know, half the time we say, we don't want things that we weren't really want it. Works thing we can't say that. But it does work both ways. This happens every Valentine's Day for a lot of guys whose wives with, like a box of chocolates, but don't want you to bring them a box of chocolates, and you're damned if you do. And you damned if you don't, by the way to six two said, John, my detached and torn retina was over fifty thousand dollars. Somebody else said, oh, you're going to be getting more doctors. I just wonder if not all in yet, John, there will be the ER claim the E R MD, the person who read your scans the facility charge for surgery, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist claims, you ain't done yet. Yeah I'm sure I'm not. John, I had it twice in the same. I it had stitches glue and nitrogen bubble and they froze, it I had to lay on my left side for eight hours. And then on my right side for eight hours for a month each time. You were very lucky so far. I am feeling very much. So it's one fifty three this WGN..

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"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

WGN Radio

11:06 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Doing much, but I didn't have the sort of procedure. You have to be faced down. So I was able to sit up and try not to use. My eyes to texting me pictures, and I said, quit it. I know Brenda Brenda said, I'm gonna come over there and snap that book shut because you were told not to read for pleasure. Your son told me that? Yeah. Really Griff mentioned that. Well, yeah. I told him it was okay to discuss. But I didn't know that he ever listened to me when I say anything. Yeah. So we'll be a lot more than that was not supposed to what do you do when they say, don't use your is much? You know, I was listening to Huck Finn on tape. Well, that's a good idea book on tape. You know what I a lot of people do probably John. They listened to. The radio and, and I didn't much because I know that my mind would start to go to work, and I get up and I'd start reading again. What do you think? What are these bad boys costs, by the way? Oh man. So you go to the are you see a bunch of specialists there? And by the way, the anesthesiologist, I met was the most chill dude, you don't have the Bill yet to you do. Oh, well, I went to Blue Cross Blue shield of Illinois website logged in. And then ping ping ping ping ping that was the sound of things registering on my words, I'm gonna say, seventy four thousand dollars. I figured there's no way this is going to cost less than twenty five thousand and if it costs less than twenty five thousand I got off cheap. I mean, what price would you pay for your vision? You know, really if they'd said it's one hundred thousand dollars out of pocket, we would have paid it. And then I don't know sold the car moved to a smaller house. We'll live with less. Yeah, you've got insurance though, but so we do so my out of pocket so far. And I think I'm, I looked at the last Bill is less than a thousand. Yeah. And overall they're only charging us eight thousand and unthinking those hospital Bill is only eight thousand dollars surgery was like six thousand and the ER was a couple thousand and maybe the anesthesiologist isn't in there, but I'm thinking if you guys got to charge more for that. On the only person in America advocating for higher. But think of it if you didn't have insurance, you know, that's the point. That's, that's how lucky they ripped my sternum out. And I think my. My out of pocket was sixteen hundred dollars. Imagine that, that's a lot of money, but relative to probably the overall cost of chest surgery at that. That was actually. Yeah. I, I'm just assuming it was a two hundred thirty thousand million dollars. And I and I know that in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, I know that I I'm smart enough to know that I should ask. Are you in network? I know but you're free to because I was in the same situation and you don't want to find out that they aren't exactly because then I think, okay? So what am I going to go to Lola or do page, those are wonderful hospitals and systems? But that's gonna delay. My care, minimally twenty four hours, right? And this is something that is getting worse by the minute. So, so you just say, I don't care what it costs. I don't care if I have insurance I have to get this taken care of, and they didn't even ask me, many of those questions, you know, I was kind of, like, hey, within twenty four hours. You will be operated. Let's go. Can I say one thing it's not self serving but, you know, you were mentioning how, you know, Thomas Jefferson teddy Roosevelt. This happened him, they couldn't be fixed and you're watching your vision disappear in front of you. Yeah. You know, I'm kind of affiliated with his charity. I Care International where they give eye glasses in tests to people in Mexico or other parts of Central America in parts of Central America. And the thing that struck me most about the fact that all of that is the need for reading glasses for people who don't have them so not far from us right now. People are losing their ability to read, because of a natural aging of there is that we could help with just by donating glasses. I remember when you came back from that trip. And I think you should talk about that more often I think you should every week bring that up where, where do, I give is there a website, I go to their I mean, I it doesn't have to be eyecare international. It could be anyone just there's no reason for glasses. Want us except I glass is with the road refund maybe it's rotary. Yeah. If, if there's an organization out there, where people can donate their, their used eyeglasses, because they're no longer fashionable or the prescription doesn't work. Yeah. I've got some in a drawer. That's the point. It's eyecare international dot organs. I with I as in me, not e y eyecare international letter, lie Care International that these there, people are just losing their vision is day to day, and it's so easy to fix that situation. I thought I was thinking I mean again when seems like whenever we talk about medical care in America. We talk about it's too expensive and all of the problems with it, but doggone at that thing was working for me. And it was not prohibitively expensive. And I think there's a lot more people like me who get good care at a reasonable price by really talented hardworking people. And we don't we don't applaud them so much. I just I got a text lions club is big in TI. So thank you for that. You know, I think if you have the internet, you'll be able to find somebody that will take your glasses, but by all means do that it could be that simple. John, I visited in ER with an appendicitis, and I know how you felt sitting there waiting while my weight was quite short. It seemed like an eternity. I didn't want my appendix bursts, while I waited, and I didn't wanna play rank and I didn't wanna say, hey, my injuries worse than somebody else's. I just sat there, John, I hope you're retinal detachment. You had health insurance in forcible deductible and cost sharing that would be another blessing. Well, I think I did I did, I may find out tomorrow that another Bill just rolled in and I seventy two thousand dollars more. But I'm counting myself lucky today, it's d day, and it has been de week in the news, both in, in France, in England in the United States and around the world is we've marked the seventy fifth anniversary of the allied. Is landing on several beaches in, in France, and you may recall last January February March April. So earlier this year in April, we visited with a guy named Marvin Sussman. I'm gonna play three minutes or so of the beginning of our conversation with Mr. Sussman who is I recall is ninety five years old. He's a Chicago guy and at the age of ninety five he came into our studio with his son and talk to us about what is experiences like he was their d day. He was there d- one hour and he was spry. I'm feeling like an old man right now. And he, he was acting like a young man when he came into the studio. I mean he was very agile and nimble and his mind was good. And his adult son, who is more like my age. I'm fifty nine said, dad really didn't talk much about this. He didn't tell these stories until quite recently, and now his dad gives. Talks to schools and groups, he's been on YouTube, that is you can find some of them on YouTube. And so we invited him to come over and talk to us a little bit about his experience, the full converstation. We had with him was on the stream that die. Right. Right. So if this sounds not like the audio we normally play back impart. It'll probably for that reason, but on my Facebook page, WGN King, John on Facebook. We recorded this long conversation, we had on the stream that day and we've posted that in it's on my Facebook page. I'm WGN king. John on Facebook Souci, a picture of me and Marv, right? L were both there. And then the, the full about twenty five minute conversation that we had that started about like this. Thank you. If I may how old are you then? Ninety six in August. How old were you on d day almost twenty one but you're there before, the, the main assault landed, right, yet two hours before we were landing on an island about five kilometers off, you to a beach intend to find out if the naval guns were mandir unmanned turned out that they were unmanned, but somebody had to verify that and would result is that due to lines explosive minds on the beach? We lost two men killed and twenty wounded. When you got there, you must've been relieved to find out that the gun was on may. And saddened by the death of dear friends from that vantage point that day on d day, then you must have seen or been able to hear what was happening. We were watching the parade. It was magnificent thing. All ships going by us, and what do you remember about that would because if I may did you think this parade is an awesome display of power, but you must have had some sense of how vicious the fighting was we couldn't really see much on the beach for five kilometers. But we could see explosions. We could see the airplanes in the naval guns going off. And we just imagine what was going on the beaches, I suppose the guys that were in the first waves must have felt like they got the short straw. Right. Because you know they had to just keep charging and they were the first ones. The they were thinking about who were where where to go what to do. That's what they were thinking about. And you must have felt a little fortunate to have the head the assignment you did, what would it the chances? Well, we lucked out, it could have been worse. So you're a living in Chicago. Did you get drafted then is that what call, you know, we were given the choice of either volunteering during nineteen four three or I'm sorry, forty two or be drafted in nineteen forty three. So rather than be drafted into the infantry and forty three I decided to join the cavalry and forty two nobody told me that when the cavalry, dismounts becomes inventory. So the cavalry sounded like a safer bet. But if I was entirely wrong about that what is cavalry mean in nineteen forty three. Cavalry was just in trading in its horses for jeeps and armored cars and that the, the. Job of cavalry is really information, mostly finding out where the enemy is what he's doing. And. Doing whatever's necessary to stop him to. They tell you all what to expect when the d day landing forces, we're going to arrive in Normandy..

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"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

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06:45 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Car had thirty seven MO meter cannon that could shoot white phosphorus stuff. So we had we, we could dispatch one hundred bullets in three seconds. If we all got at the same time. So we were armed fettered into Germans were was there a point, maybe early on in your tour in Europe, where it was shoot or be shot where this was. But my point is was that. 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 before and now you're about to do it. I wonder what that moment is like for a young, it's it would be. An entirely new for me because of one hundred and forty men in the troop. I was probably a baby a 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 Logan, tanked tankers they call them, demand and attacks with, with the life of those tankers was like, and what, you know, just how difficult for us to imagine that experience V and afterwards. Words when when they were in their seventies or 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 in Germany, and France was very therapeutic for them a long way of 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. That may be at the time I was simply to Austin 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 institute of technology. I was lost for four years. Of course I had gone to Roosevelt university, and I had ate lunch with Harold Washington. Roosevelt college. But I was lost. I was studying languages and Russian. And okay, you are student till you're going to school, you, 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 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, yeah, no. Because I if I had been rational, I would have done entirely different things we're almost out of time. And I know you do YouTube videos, you talk to organizations and schools, which is just amazing any blast observations 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 the guys that I met without to draft. And it's a serious loss to, to not have your drive. We don't know we're separated. We're, we're isolated will you? We don't know other Americans who we can't know them. And the draft would've avoided that I'm, I'm very sorry about that. And somebody ought to somebody ought to do something about that a year to isn't that much out of somebody's life is that though it's not just that you'd meet other Americans but it would be service to your controversial relearning. What you learning the army. Plus, you can do. All kinds of learning. And the arm is there's, 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 Vietnam 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 a draftable age and terrified me. I mean as an adult today, I still think I knew kids, whose brothers were 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 or would you did, sir? And if I even that left impression 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 something. 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. We'll be back. You know what I will, and 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. Thank you, Sussman and Mark. Thank you, both for coming in. We bring them back again. Sometime you call. We'll 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 pie..

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"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

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05:07 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Stories about this, and I've gone on you to, and you can find me on YouTube telling these stories on the way to the other side of the peninsula. Yeah. Marvin Sussman is here. He's Coggan who's ninety six years old, right today, age, almost almost ninety six he was almost twenty one on d day he was there two hours before everybody else landed to secure an island, just off the beaches, and he tells the story on YouTube, and as d day is approaching the seventy fifth anniversary a friend or mutual acquaintance told me a little bit about you, and we asked you to come in you're actually going back over to France in the near future. By John D day we this year, we should be on the beach. How many I wonder if it was a reunion of those of you that were there that first day and first week, I wonder how many there would be, well, it's interesting, the fiftieth anniversary. Serie nine hundred ninety four there were forty thousand d day veterans showed up and, and the beach and five years later. The fifty fifth anniversary nineteen ninety nine there were of four thousand four zero and five years later, there was four hundred. So this time maybe forty. You really are one of the, the great stories and storytellers of, of World War Two, then, aren't you? Yeah. Well, this story I tell us about a couple of them are in Normandy. And one of them. The other the other battlefields. But we, we were given infantry assignments dismounted cleaning up the peninsula working toward the Atlantic coast toward fair board. And we captured a lot of Germans, I, I had going up in a Jewish home. I learned Yiddish, which is dialect German. So I was the German interpreter and having studied, French in England by phonograph record for about six months before the invasion. I was also the French interpreter and so handled prisoners, I dealt with civilians was if I may was the. Was your job? They're more personal because you are Jewish. No. I wouldn't say that it was just an accident that I knew German 'cause I had two years of German high school, plus background right? As so. And I had two years of Latin and is school and lived in talian neighborhood. So French was easy for me. Yeah, yeah. And so it, it came in handy, and it's interesting that I was one of the few guys one hundred and forty men internet cavalry troop, and maybe five of us are half dozen came from cities. The others were rural kids going up on farms, small towns, and they knew they knew everything kid kickball, born on a farm. Convict's anything knows how to survive in the woods and he's to get through. Yeah, I end may I was useless as nipples on a bull. My, my sergeant said. But, but, but when they found out, I knew French, and German well by time I became useful. So when you tell stories what's the story you like to tell or what's, what's one of your tales that you tell well tell a story about the time, we got we Bush, they a German company remains a German company and killed their leader. And that's one story and other stories on how they tried to send me to West Point. But it didn't work out and you weren't officer material. Well, I turned out that I had a very high score in an aptitude test that everybody gets and with thirty days of combat experience and that score, I was the only man in the squadron who qualified but, but I work glass. Asses, so they ruled me out as so otherwise, Marvin Susman's here, Mark would you're dead tells these stories, I guess did you grow up hearing them as well? Well, no, actually my father didn't say much about this. I have to tell you until nineteen ninety four when he went to that reunion. And we found out that he went to it. I really had.

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04:18 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Means I the need flair. But maybe better plumbing, I'm guessing due to it with related Wrigley field. Yeah. Go keep the still look like from the outside, but more toilets. Let don't sell your field and Lanta spaceship on it. Well, that's that's a very good difference. Right. So I think the integrity of Wrigley field. The ballpark has been largely maintained say what you want about the buildings in the neighborhood but Wrigley field from the outside civics Wrigley field when you drive by from the outside from the outside. Yeah. Hey, listen. We decided we could live at the scoreboard. We decided we could live with the lights. I think people are happy with the changes made inside Wrigley. But I mean, I think probably everyone is agreed the outside of Notre Dame will be restored the way it was. But it is about the inside. Oh is that with this story? I think well you've got that spire. What are they going to do with the spire? They're going to build the spiral back. Exactly. Or do. They want to do something different. I'm not saying put a cell tower there, although this is a real revenue opportunity for them. And I wouldn't say no right away. Wouldn't it be terrible? If a dish on the top of thing, so they're arguing about should it be exactly as it was or should we grow should we evolved? See I thought there was more about an interior question, which I could be more acceptable than I think the exterior you'd better stay true. That's the way. I would do. It interferes interesting discussion, I don't know about that. And of course, materials to decide what to do in that sun for you know, they rebuilt it in the in the eighteen hundreds and he wanted to stay true to the origin. And that's why there were timber in there that he had but. But they might have used more steel. But he was saying, well, that's not the way it was done rethink that one. But I would also say that's my that to me at least supports the case of evolving. It I mean, it was built eight or nine hundred years ago, it has had numerous desecrations and rebuild. Anyway. So you don't have the original as it is the White House burned to the ground once upon a time. So I'm okay with the evolution of these buildings. So here comes on the patio you up to speed on the last thirty second. Now, we're going to the clock tick for thirty seconds. You get one last chance to say one. Last thing you want to say say a lot of pride. I'll go three two one wolf I've been watching the show on Netflix. Ricky Gervais show is called afterlife and Ricky Gervais. She's one of those guys. I don't think I've talked about this yet who is a real can be a real hit or miss. But when he was a hit when he's got the right material, he's dead on. And he plays a guy behind the show wrote and everything who recently lost his wife. He's desperate are despairing. I should say. So he doesn't care about anything. It's very funny. He writes for a look. Local newspaper in England. It's called afterlife. And he comes around toward the end, ready, Patty. Thanks, let me get my stop much go by vice Bertrand. Five four three two one. Go fifteen years old, my older son Griffin. And I have been spending a lot of time with them. And I find that I'm very protective of when we can do watch movies or talk about politics because I only have three more years left before he goes off to college. And I realize now that I wish along the way I had realized when the last time would be the last time I would pick him up from the crib? Maybe in the last time. I change his diaper last time he would hold my hand because I tried to reach over to hold his hand the other day, and he wouldn't let me I can't remember when the last time was. Yeah. Bookham to parenthood. He's fifteen block. You you had to tell fifteen that watching movies last summer, and I remember he let me hold me. Hold his hand. And I was like, oh, you still to do that unless you're not so much, but you must be kind of happy about that too. He's a teenager gets flipped my hand away. He flipped my hand away. John. Thirty second school like this. The other day we talked Marvin Sussman on my show. He is ninety five he was at Normandy on d day. In fact, he was there two hours before the troops to secure an island just off the beach, the podcast is on my Facebook page and on my station page, WGN radio dot com. We cannot appreciate with those guys went through and did and he is still able to tell his stories look for Marvin Sussman on YouTube and our podcast Patti Vasquez. Thanks for coming in. Thank you for having see Bertrand. Thanks for coming in the air exhort. Sorry. You're sick Scott status. Sorry. You couldn't join us. Justin kaufman. Sorry. You couldn't join us. But I'm.

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07:22 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"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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11:43 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Ed, no horses, but the German army. A lot of horse because other than their motorized divisions of wish they ended dozen or so all the other divisions were were horse-pulled. Did they tell you all what to expect when the d day landing forces? We're going to arrive in Normandy. Well, we knew our sinement. Maybe a day before until then we knew nothing, really. So we were told me mystified about what we were going to do. Well, I'm wondering if you had a sense of what the resistance would be not on your island per se, but on the beaches. Well, they tried to tell us about the kind of fortifications we were going to find. But. Nobody could give us detailed information. I guess it wouldn't have been all that helpful. Anyway, if you knew that there were these embankments, and you're going to have to overtake them you have to storm the being sometimes climb. You do that telling you the volume of lead coming back might not have been all that helpful. On day. Nobody had enough information now. And of course, they were wrong about where to land the paratroopers and the day. Everybody wars one big mistake. What? Looking at your son now, and you know, some of his stories better than I do so feel free to chime in with additional information or questions here. But then when it was determined that that I learned was not by the Germans. So that gun isn't initial and there's a few hundred of you on that island landing craft eventually came back and got you. All right, all we they took us to Utah beach, which was then a safe place, and since we had no none of our vehicles or heavy armament because are all art of guns were mounted on. Our Jason armored cars over all mobile entirely mobile. We had to wait for validity of our our automotive. So for about week, our sinement was to guard headquarters, the the army corps headquarters were general Collins was installed established that on the beach or nearby pretty close next day or two, and and we're so we had a lot of KP duty and messenger duty and guard duty and until our weapons came and then we were off running. I guess you'd see plenty of action. Eventually. Oh, yes. Yes. Before I get to that though say in those first hours this first few days than where you weren't so intimately involved in the shooting where you anxious to get involved or each day that you weren't where you happy not to be. Well, that's both. Yeah. Perfect answer, I suppose. Yeah. Both because it was just a matter of time before we got involved and by time, I mean, days not months or weeks. When you did get to what beach eventually beef. What did you see when you came upon that scene? Well, Utah beat force not as difficult as Omaha beach. There was some debris, and I guess they had been cleaned up. By the time. We got there. It was very safe. So we didn't get involved in the war until about a week later. And then what happens to what our job then was to of what we call screen the flank of the fourth infantry division. We would follow them and stay under flanks too. Prevent the surprise warranted warned them and pick up stragglers and do a do whatever necessary. And we did this a lot of that dismounted would rifles rather than running around with japes and foot patrols just poking around finding out what's going on. And we did that across the peninsula to the other side, which took almost a month. What was that? Like well. Interesting did you. So I mean in some ways you'd say maybe better, you could tell him in survival mode right here. And maybe that's not appropriate to what you were asked to do. But I wonder if on the printer then you felt like that was an advantageous position for yourself. Or did you feel really vulnerable because you're stuck out there on the wing? Well, we sure vulnerable, and we did run into Germans. But we we never had a fixed battle patrols meeting patrols firing at them and bathe fired at them. But. And there were incidents now, I've I've written several stories about this. And I've gone on you to and you can find me on YouTube telling these stories on the way to the other side of the fitness flip. Yeah. Marvin Sussman here. He's chicago. Who's ninety six years old? Right. Right. You most almost ninety six he was almost twenty one on d day. He was there. Two hours before everybody else landed to secure an island just off the beaches, and he tells the story on YouTube and as d day is approaching seventy fifth anniversary, a friend or mutual Quainton told me a little bit about you. And we asked you to come in. You're actually going back over to France in the near future by John D day. We are this year. We should be at the beach. How many I wonder if it was a reunion of those of you that were there that first day and first week. I wonder how many there would be. Well, it's interesting of. The fiftieth anniversary hundred ninety four there were forty thousand d day veterans showed up and and beach and five years later the fifty fifth anniversary nineteen ninety nine. There were of four thousand four zero and five years later the four hundred so this time, maybe forty. You really are one of the the great stories and storytellers of of World War Two, then aren't you? Yeah. Well. This story. I tell us about a couple of them are in Normandy and one of them the other the other battlefields. But we we were giving infantry assignments dismounted cleaning up the peninsula. Good working toward the Atlantic coast toward fair board. And we catch a lot of Germans, I I had growing up in a Jewish home. I learned issue, which is the dialect German. So I was the German interpreter. And having studied French in England by phonograph record for about six months before the invasion. I was also the French interpreter and so handled prisoners I dealt with civilians. Was variance. If I may was the. Was your job. They're more personal because you are Jewish. No, I wouldn't say that. It was just an accident that I knew German 'cause I had two years of German high school, plus a Yiddish background right as so. And I had two years of Latin and is school and lived in talian neighborhood. So French was easy for me. Yeah. And so it it came in handy. Interesting that I was one of the few guys one hundred and forty men in a cavalry troop, and maybe five of us are half dozen came from cities, the others were rural kids going up on farms small towns, and they knew they knew everything kickball born on a farm. Convict's anything knows how to survive in the woods to get through. Yeah. I and may I was useless as nipples on a bull. My my sergeant said, but but but when they found out I knew French and German well time, I became useful. So when you tell stories what's the story, you liked to tell what's what's one of your tales that you tell well tell story about the time we got we ambushed a a German company remains a German company and killed their leader. That's one story. And other story is how they tried to send me to West Point. But it didn't work out and you want to officer material. Well, I turned out that I had a very high score in after two tests that everybody gets and. And thirty days of combat experience. And that score. I was the only man into sward who qualified, but but I work glasses. So they ruled me out as so. Otherwise, Marvin Susman's here. Mark would you're dead tells these stories, I guess did you grow up hearing them as well. Well, no, actually, my father didn't say much about this. I have to tell you until nineteen ninety four when he went to that reunion. And we found out that he went to it. I really had little understanding of my father's works. Parents. We found out that he went to. He didn't tell you is going to my mom and dad were spending summers and France at that point. My mother was born and raised there, and they moved to her child at home summers. And so what they did on their summer vacation. We didn't really know. So this second chapter of your dad's life is the bit of a revelation you then to all of us. It was what surprised you about his story in World War Two. Well, I think that every child doesn't know that their parents had a real life before them and as time has gone. On by. And we gained a we my brothers. And I and our family have gained a better understanding of. You know, how pivotal and ex stench of a threat was in World War Two. And you know, what this group of people did sixteen million men in the armed forces during World War Two. It's staggering fighting with what a rifle what kind of.

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11:53 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"The others were rural kids growing up on farms small towns, and they knew they knew everything kid brought born on a farm. Convict's anything knows how to survive in the woods, and he's how to get through. Yeah. I and me I was useless as nipples on a boom. My my sergeant said, but but but when they found out I knew French and German well test right time, I became useful. So when you tell stories what's the story, you liked to tell or what's what's one of your tales that you tell. Well, I tell the story about the time we got we ambushed a a German company remains a German company and killed her leader. And that's one story and other story is how they tried to send me to West Point. But it didn't work out and you officer material. Well, I had turned out that I had a very high score in an aptitude tests that everybody gets and. And with thirty days of combat experience. And that score. I was the only man in the squadron who qualified, but but I wore glasses. So they ruled me out as so that otherwise Marvin Susman's here. Mark would your debt tells these stories, I guess did you grow up hearing them as well? Well, no, actually, my father didn't say much about this. I have to tell you until nineteen ninety four when he went to that reunion. And we found out that he went to it. I really had little understanding of my father's works. Parents. We found out that he went to it. He didn't tell you is going to the reunion. My mom and dad were spending summers in France at that point. My mother was born and raised there, and they moved to her child at home summers. And so what they did on their summer vacation. We didn't really know. So this second chapter of your dad's life is a bit of a revelation to you then to all of us. It was. What surprised you about his story in World War Two? Well, I think that every child doesn't know that their parents had a real life before them and as time has gone by. And we've gained a we my brothers. And I and our family have gained a better understanding of. You know, how pivotal and existential threat was in World War Two. And you know, what this group of people did, you know, sixteen million men in the armed forces during World War Two. It's staggering fighting with what a a rifle what kind of gun did you regrowed around in jeeps when when once we broke out of Normandy? The cavalry went out in front leading the way and opened roads and the the point cheap the first Jeep going down an empty road. We well, it was generally would be to GPS in an armored car and a squad and we had six we had three fifty caliber machine guns one on each vehicle three thirty caliber machine guns in each vehicle. Wendy, armored car two jeeps and armored car the armored car had it thirty seven MO meter cannon that could shoot. White phosphorus. So we had we could dispatch one hundred bullets in three seconds. If we all shot at the same time. So we were armed would be better than the Germans were was there. A point maybe early on in your tour in Europe, where it was shoot or be shot where this was absolutely. But my point is was that. That must have 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 in you haven't shot or killed anybody who four and now you're about to do it. I I wonder what that moment is like for a young, man. 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 for major ten like the other guys and the idea of just shooting a rightful 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 a US World War Two actually, the Germans as well. But it was about what the the tank battles were like with the HOGAN tanks tankers, they call them demand and attacks with the with the life of those tankers was like, and what you know, just how difficult for us to imagine that experience be and afterwards. Words when when they were in their seventies or 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 in Germany, and France was very therapeutic for them a long way of 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. As it may be at the time. I was simply lost and didn't understand why. But it took me until one thousand nine hundred forty nine letters of four years after I came home before I resolved to become an engineer and entered Illinois institute of technology. I was lost for four years. Of course, I had gone to Roosevelt university, and I had ate lunch with Harold Washington. Roosevelt collared. Yeah. Yeah. But I was lost. I was studying languages and Russian and tell us, okay. You are student till you were going to school you, 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 weather 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, yeah. No. Because I I if I had been rational, I would have done entirely different things, we're almost out of time. And I know you do YouTube videos, you talk to organizations and schools, which is just amazing any blast. Observations 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 that 'cause I could've never met two guys that I met without to draft. And it's a serious loss to to not have your drive. We don't know we're separated, we're we're isolated will you? We don't know other Americans who we can't know them and the draft would've avoided that I'm I'm very sorry about that. And somebody ought to somebody ought to do something about that. I am going to year two isn't that much out of somebody's life? Is that it though, 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 in the arm is there's all learn. So I wonder how your son feels about that were you in the military at any point. I wasn't I grew up in the gap between Vietnam 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 it terrified me. I mean as an adult today, I still think I knew kids whose brothers were 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 or would you did, sir? And and even that left impression 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 something. 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. Me back. You know what I will? And we won't even talk about that. But Marvin congratulations. Thank you for your service. Good Lord, and congratulations on on living such a a long healthy and evidently amiable life. I'm anxious for you to go back to France on the seventy fifth anniversary. I'm we're looking forward to Marvin. Thank you Sussman and Mark thank you both for coming in. Will you bring them back again sometime you call. We'll come how do 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 wealth. All right into the WGN radio newsroom. That would be the northwestern medicine newsroom. Here's Steve Bertrand. Ryan burrow, taking over and Aurora man who said he would commit a mass shooting at a workplace has been given court supervision. Cook County prosecutors say a month ago fifty four year old Dwayne a mass told a co worker he would pull a Henry Pratt reference to the February mass shooting that left five dead and five police officers hurt. Coworker became alarmed contacted police moss pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. 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15:21 min | 2 years ago

"marvin sussman" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Normally we're in studio d which is swell studio down the hall, but we're in the corner, suite where WorldCom and Steve Cochran and Bill and Wendy and pretty much everybody. But me broad. Cast from. During the week. We come down to studio. A during talks games. It's a technical issue. Well, I don't either. But it's okay. So it's just you and me kick down the hall, but we don't mind studio d I like studio deed smaller it is closer to my office. So it's works out for me. And it's nice because when Roe and his team come in to get ready for their show. We're not in the way and vice versa. Right. Well, they're not in the way. Yeah. Right. I mean, it was a nice way of saying. So thank you for all of that. Steve Bertrand white socks on WGN radio here at WGN radio dot com. We're going to visit with Marvin and Mark Sussman. Marv was seventy five years ago. I understand it at h hour actually before the very first troops landed at Normandy. He was being deployed with a group, and I wanna talk about that in like, thirty seconds. But first let's start with Mark Sussman who is his son Mark, thanks for coming into the studio. How were you very good? Thank you for having us. So you are a real estate agent or developer in town. Yes. A friend of a mutual acquaintance of ours. A friend of yours told me about you and your dad, so you're born and raised in Chicago too. Yes. And the man sitting next to you is Marvin Marvin welcome to the show. How are you sir, down fine? Thank you. If I may how old are you owe me ninety six and August, how old were you on d day almost twenty one? I've been seeing stories every now and then documentaries about d day because the seventy fifth anniversary is coming up. In fact, we're. I'm going to be with a group of our listeners there courtesy of the folks from Kelley cruises in August. So right after the anniversary of d day will be there and the the selling point if you will has been on the seventy five year anniversary of d day. You'll be able to be on the beaches of Normandy. You're on the beaches of Normandy June of nineteen forty four. But you there before the the main assault landed, right? Yeah. Two hours before two hours before what were you doing two hours before we were landing on an island about five kilometers off you to obey Chevy intend to find out if the naval guns were manned or unmanned turned out that they were unmanned, but somebody had to verify that. And with the result is that due to minds explosive mines on the beach. We lost two men killed and twenty wounded how many were in your group. How many were in your grow to troops would have been almost three hundred men so three hundred men land on this little island that I haven't heard about to make sure that this gun gets taken out in case. It's going to rain on the troops as they come in. Well, I if we found that it was men than we would signal. A infantry assault group who would who were then aeroplanes and everything else that would take care of that naval thing when you got there. You must have been relieved to find out that the gun was on may and saddened by the death of dear friends, the two that were killed by mines. And then from that vantage point that day on d day. Then you must have seen or been able to hear what was happening. We were watching the parade. It was magnificent thing all ships going by us. But no cameras. No we had. Could eat all you have is the memory. And what do you remember about that would? Because if I may did you think this parade is an awesome display of power. But you must have had some sense of how vicious the fighting was we couldn't really see much on the beach for five kilometers, but we could see explosions we could see the airplanes and the naval guns going off. And we could just imagine what was going on on the beaches. I suppose the guys that were in the first waves must have felt like they got the short straw, right. Because you know, they had to just keep charging. And they were the first ones. They did they were thinking about. We're we're where to go. What to do? That's what they were thinking about. And you must have felt a little fortunate to have the head the assignment you did what what are the chances? Well, we lucked out. It could have been worse. So you are living in Chicago. Did you get drafted? Then is that what call you know? We were given the choice of either volunteering during nineteen four three or I'm sorry. Nineteen forty two or be drafted in one thousand nine hundred forty three. So rather than be drafted into the infantry and forty three I decided to join the cavalry and forty two nobody told me that when the cavalry dismounts, it becomes inventory. So the cavalry sounded like a safer bet. But if not I was entirely wrong about one is cavalry mean in nineteen forty three. Cavalry was just in trading in its horses for Jacobsen armored cars and that the the. Job of cavalry is really information. Mostly find out where the enemy is what he's doing. And. Doing whatever's necessary to stop him to interesting, you mention that. Because when you look at old pictures of especially the first part of World War Two you will see on both sides horses holding cannons or. Yeah. Propelling troops. Whatever obviously, it was motorized and mechanized, but the horses were still involved they were World War One. But cavalry was unimportant World War One because it was trench warfare. So cavalry horses were used for a motive power and during World War Two. Of course, the United States army had no horses, but the German army a lot of horse. Yeah. Because other than their motorized divisions of which they added dozen or so all the other divisions were were horse-pulled. Did they tell you all what to expect when the d day landing forces were going to arrive in Normandy? Well, we knew our sinement. Maybe a day before until then we knew nothing, really. So we were totally mystified about what we were going to do will. I'm wondering if you had a sense of what the resistance would be not on your island per se, but on the beaches. Well, they tried to tell us about the kind of fortifications we were going to find. But. Nobody could give us detailed information. I guess it wouldn't have been all that helpful. Anyway, if you knew that there were these embankments, and you're going to have to overtake them you'd have to storm the beach sometimes climb you do that. But telling you the volume of lead coming back at you might not have been all that helpful on day. Nobody had enough information now. And of course, they were wrong about where to land the paratroopers and everybody wars one big mistake. That's what it is. Looking at your son now, and you know, some of his stories better than I do so feel free to chime in with additional information or questions here. But then when it was determined that that I was not occupied by the Germans. So that gun isn't initial and there's a few hundred of you on that island, then a landing craft eventually came back and got you. All right got us off. And we they took us to Utah beach, which was then a safe place, and since we had no none of our vehicles or heavy armament. Because they're all art of Shane guns were mounted on our drapes and armored cars, we were all mobile entirely mobile. We had to wait for villa? -very of our our automotive equipment. So for about a week, our sinement was to guard headquarters the. The army corps headquarters were general Collins was installed they established that on the beach nearby. Yeah. Pretty close to the next day or two, and we're so we had a lot of KP duty and messenger duty and guard duty and until our weapons came. And then we were off a running all I guess you'd see plenty of action. Eventually. Oh, yes. Yes. Before I get to that though say in those first hours or this force few days than where you weren't so intimately involved in the shooting where you anxious to get involved or each day that you weren't where you happy not to be. Well, that's both. Yeah. Perfect answer, I suppose. Yeah. Both because it was just a matter of time before we got involved and by time, I mean, days not months or weeks. When you did get to what extent where you eventually lay on Utah beef tongue. What did you see when you came upon that scene? Well, Utah beach was not as difficult as Omaha beach. There was some debris, and I guess it had been cleaned up by time we got there. It was very safe. So we really didn't get involved in the war until about a week later. And then what happened? So what have our job then was to what we call screen the flank of the fourth infantry division. We would follow them and stay under flanks to. Prevent the surprise worn warned them and pick up stragglers and do a do whatever necessary. And we did this a lot of Letta dismounted would rifles rather than running around with japes and foot patrols guy just poking around finding out what's going on. And we did that across the peninsula to the other side, which took almost a month. What was that? Like, well if. Say interesting, did you. So I mean in some ways you'd say maybe better, you can tell him in survival mode right here. And maybe that's not appropriate to what you were asked to do. But I wonder if on the perimeter then you felt like that was an advantageous position for yourself. Or did you feel really vulnerable because you're stuck out there on the wing? Well, we're sure Boehner bowl, and we did run into Germans. But we we never had a fixed of battle. But trolls meeting patrols firing at them and being fired at them. But and there were incidents now, I've I've written several stories about this, and I've gone on YouTube, and you can find me on YouTube telling these stories on the way to the other side of the peninsula. Yeah. Marvin Sussman is here. He's Chicago in who's ninety six years old right today age most almost ninety six he was almost twenty one on d day. He was there. Two hours before everybody else landed to secure an island just off the beaches, and he tells the story on YouTube and as d day is approaching the seventy fifth anniversary of a friend or a mutual acquaintance told me a little bit about you. And we asked you to come in. You're actually going back over to France in the near future. Are you not by John D day? We this year, we should be at on the beach. Yeah. How many I wonder if it was a reunion of those of you that were there that first day and first week. I wonder how many there would be. Well, it's interesting the fiftieth anniversary nine hundred ninety four. There were forty thousand d day veterans, it showed up, and and the beach and. Five years later, the fifty fifth anniversary nineteen hundred and ninety nine. There were of of four thousand that for we lost zero and five years later there was four hundred. So this time maybe forty. You really are one of the the great stories and storytellers of of World War Two, then aren't you? Yeah. Well. This story. I tell us about a couple of them are in Normandy and one of them the other the other battlefields. But we we were given infantry assignments a dismounted cleaning up the peninsula. Go working toward the Atlantic coast toward share board. And we kept turtle out of Germans. I I had growing up in a Jewish home. I learned Yiddish, which is dialect German. So I was the German interpreter. And having studied French in England by phonograph record for about six months before the invasion. I was also the French interpreter. And so I handle prisoners I dealt with civilians. Was if I may was the. Was your job. They're more personal because you were Jewish. No, I would have I wouldn't say that. It was just an accident that I knew German because I had two years of German high school, plus a Yiddish background right as so. And I had two years of Latin and school and lived in talian neighborhood. So French was easy for me. Yeah. And so it came in handy. It's interesting that I was one of the few guys one hundred and forty men internet cavalry crew, and maybe five of us or you're a half a dozen came from cities..

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