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I had the privilege once again to visit a friend who was in the Battle of the Bulge. This is the time of year when the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles took their stand in the freezing cold at Bastogne and told the Germans, "Nuts!" Though our troops were completely surrounded, they were not going to give up to the Nazi Army.

My friend wept many times today as he told me about being wounded two days in a row, seeing a man cut in half on one of our tanks, the leg of his own officer flying through the air, and taking something out of his breast pocket so he could get down lower in the tank track to avoid all the bullets flying around him. He told me that 70 years later he still has trouble with those memories.

I thanked him again for what he did for our freedom. He said, "Thank you for caring."

Dan Manka,

Fairmont, W.V.

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