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Oral History Interview: Charles Dukes of Georgetown


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you can go ahead and start a ride from Charlie Duke my name is Brent Cochran
Cochran and technicians Henry Ratcliff date of February 7th 2008
18 Williams MTV studio exit Campbell Hall
call center pana Illinois
can you tell me
you tell me about when you join the military how to join


High School in Georgetown Illinois in 1941 and
workout should you there for snow in the summer on construction on I 20 in the universe
University in the fall and I was like an Afghan
have to join a fraternity right off the bad so I had my room and board
allies been like freshman year at IU I was 18 years old
spent that whole year then I came back home
home and work during the summer when back in the fall


1942 and I don’t know it October
Homer facts on the 26th of October at 6 of us
Chinese guys are sitting around 11 day we got
what kind of guilty because we were losing every battle in the war except
septic tank maybe one naval battle bateria
landlord we were you losing so we felt guilty 67
go downtown Bloomington Indiana University


join the Marines well I still want to wait about 123
324 pounds in a week 511 6 foot tall
add another recruiter startup how much water is a while I’m waiting
fill up right now you come back in 6 months so we were sorry
R&B albums worth tall skinny I guess so we all went down town
couple Block downtown Bloomington walked in the recruiting office army battalion
critter just gave it a piece of paper says fine hair that simple


simple so we ended up in the year regular army
and not the US US Army not the only United States know if your
if you’re drafted out with me it out of state and I gotta feeling
cell number I get service command 15304 102
eggs and I was in the army but I still love that let us stay in reserves in school level
humble definition semester but we had ROTC army
the army with charger ROTC so we had training


maneuvers in fact I spend Christmas vacation with OTC
but first Christmas a 1942 house call active
Sorenson 43 and ship to Texas in
I can’t finish with a brand new tub infantry camp in Tyler
color and we had a good fact I had to work about this week getting things ready to go
ready to go but it was a 17 weeks basic high normal is only 13 weeks
normal basic in ww2 and it was rough


but I found out they were most of his work all the boys and sew
we were training for OCS Avenue realize that
training in the debate on July 8th and you had the choice of going
Officer Candidate School or what I call a STP huh
specialized training which engineers I didn’t want to be an infantry officer
officer so I chose the engineers and I was transferred from different regions in Arizona
to New York City


Fordham University I don’t know th Street Fordham Road and we took a full semester
semester of engineering courses in 3 months
well I passed the first three months and I got the second course
and I didn’t get home for that Chris was here classes right through
well in February and March weather getting ready for
the D Day landings and short of infantry soldiers hold all of
all the schools were closed all at once man typically army online from


Texas to New York from New York that ship to Fort Carson Colorado
and I join the Timberwolves division and I come to find out
commander is Terry Allen hear the first invasion of North Africa Sicily Italy
family came back and shoulder Army on the idea
ignite Fighting division. So when we all
arrive to take an eye we are all standing out there in the open on
the general gets up on the stage in the wall covering Lexus over


what we got here a bunch of college sillies
we’re going to tell you show you what the Army is really like turn around left inside you
you’re going to be refined account for 30 days weight training 7 days a week
awek saliva to men in the barracks with my outfit alchemy
house in the second column 2nd battalion 413th infantry
and we train time and they were rough on us and the thing was we were five
5300 feet up in the air at rarefied air so for the first year


24 days a really work this but I would like a cup
the company and at the end of the 30 days everybody
play game together and we became a full complete hundred eighty seven men
yeah imma nubers and that their basic was money worth in water
what are already been through so I was able to take a while but this time I dropped about 100
180 pounds and shaped like God
phone after DDay we were put on alert


scorpiom requirements and hand in late July
which reloading equipment on flat cars and headed east to account Kilmer New Jersey
I was about 6 or 7 days got all my shots in all that for the Deaf
and one night we found out and motor launches an onboard the ship out a New York Harbor
Harbor and my whole regiment was on that ship
and we were at sea for 13 days in on Monday,
and we got into Europe and


update glitch Channel and it’s your bored but
we couldn’t go in an end land on the beach because
Harbor was fooling sunken ships in M&Ms
anchor out in the channel in wood over the side and cargo nets full field equipment in Dell ca
LCIS landing craft infantry shawarma
for we went on a 49 mile forced march across the peninsula
and not be blacked in a little town called born evil


train down on the pill box of them on the beaches at blower real air about
Holman I’ll be late for the week Android backup
step on a Sunday night in the factors can happen if I take your shoulder patches off
stuck in your pocket I don’t know why we talk a 35 mile
forced march with oil field equipment can you get a 10 minute break every hour
when was up down and turn kind of the hills and valleys
of the peninsula that was really rough going


we got there daylight number next day and boarded the cattle car
French cattle cars and headed north
why we ended up outside of Brussels Belgium village called mollies
pet store tents nose around in that
that first night 3 .5l asleep Alex
camp and went into the edge of Brussels to a movie
movie and we walked in and it was everything with blacked out


we are rifles weather Saraland al from resetting in the front row of
role of the balcony and the movie came on and it was in English but it was
but it was dubbed in in foreign language underneath sew
it was a comedy it was called its a date
bike with Deanna Durbin well every joke
can I file this guy setting up her laughing and it the recipe for would laugh till
laugh till I come across the bottom of the tank so it was fun of it everybody looking at us


and we were the only outsiders in the hold there an app that woman first
first night before I went into battle Indian Trail
federal courts we jumped off a bit at a time too much problem the first
the first day but the second day we made a night attack in
in to a building and run into what we call an ML are mainland
Mainliner is this tits and I mean it was full of machine guns in Borderlands
and I had been designated as elite scout and another kid with seconds


Second Coming the killer and we were walking down this blacktop road pitch black
which black and we’d take turn we go about our 12 yards in N
which kind of talk we light heat stop in and I would with this leap frog on it
the road no idea what was going on in
all of a sudden machine gun opens up well
is luck would have it I locked out and keep her got it immediately
hit the ground and he was killed at me like I crawl over time


handheld machine gun with butter mouse I went to the right hand side in the ditch in the district
this was just enough to cover my body back all the time
weather Keller have an eighth of black cat everything I own with all my back
back NFI machine gun on my right flank with farmville Bleek fire
are crossed the road and everyone wants an they would put a bullet in my pack
well I finally had to take it off and lay down the road and I laid there
Darren dug into the ground and not this time


my company made in attack on up the road on both sides
weld how tall is murder is fire in a bird it’s completely Moe down
sergeant with killed a man at Mohawk and then he was killed immediately
and I never did get to me and so I was pinned down
highway head im a family just backed up we had 26 casualties in my company that
first night why later all night I couldn’t rollback
my mood machine going to open up slide


so I just laid there and I made of simple prayer
what has a good Laurel allowing me to see the sunrise
how say good morning for the rest of my life and I told ive done
I’m done and that’s where the when I find a road a book 10 years ago that’s where the title come
comes from and I say good morning 24 hours a day
get me a little bit of trouble and I never I never claimed that anybody out there
Habitat God Kim daylight


to backup a second or two states are the division come
commander who had the first invasion of North Africa and Italy could wait for her
Fereshteh join American army well we found out and they drop the boys at 9
1st airborne and me first British unicorn division and they were
they were being systematically am I related and so we were attached to the
after the first Canadian Army & R job with the rescue the guys Alanon meeting him
I had a 4th Canadian division on the left flank British first I mean


49th and polar bear division on my right flank and we were the center
and then we will wait for night and day there’s many a night
lay down to sleep
sleepwalking between continuous and they can
tremendous casualties well it’s a little things popped up
upper like friends its my second day of battle fire fighting
white flag goes up on her everybody ceases find a German stands up


is up and the s*** f***** in Colorado about couple more boys jump up
pump up with her rifle who take his prisoner with who they expose themselves
drop the foxhole and I open up to my boyfriend killed immediately so I feel in the first
first lessons you learn you kill me in a minute in front of you
do we go through this all the way up I think was a Baptist
6 does November we found a refill mas River
40 week ago and I get some of the boys got out the rescue


Puyallup most of them were either killed wounded to capture those two divisions
and the last day I was there a little incidents happen that I never will forget
Weird Al mmm off at the edge of a village
free world destroyed except one house at the end of the village still standing
American people live in it but I had duck my foxhole at the edge of their yard
yard in the north end of their yard filthy dirty money change
change your clothes in Holland ISM Popplewell anywhere


water table by the foot below the surface and I just finished my foxhole
told man I was stopped I was in at night I heard a noise
so I cleaned up and we just about dark in here come a little girl might be about 30
1314 Rizal rest walking across the yard toward me and she was crying
crime and she walked up to me Panther arms around me
Scumback Hiromi and pretty soon she looked up at beach he said
who said though yank I want to thank you tonight will be


will be the first night I can go to bed and be free from the past porn
4 years the Nazis had been in Holland
last 4 years well like Michael I do if I broke down
brokedown tears streaming down my face and I hug her and she kept crying
pretty soon to let go into a walk back to house and I just jump back my foxhole
soul but that give me the strength Billy I was doing something good
good we moved out early in the morning when I lay a Belgium


Chipotle for a 7 day rest replacement are there per
vapor 2 hours what type of trucks command
mount up so we went in the autumn and replace the first division
and we cleaned up off them and without a box
get him to the Siegfried line 3 days to break through the Siegfried line
and this time lot of guys had trench foot what kind of problems
but they may be late one or two guys go back in time


booty women in short handed
combat division alibi mean company 187th MN
we had 263 replacements during r200
218 Kombat my. Is it to mp3 that takes a beating
this Prince turns out of your total balance
16 and a half million boys and girls were in world war 2 at
1800 that total with infantry but we suffered 7


78 Amole casually women in ww2
so we were taking the brunt of it all this time I was I’ll be there by
bubblehead transferred I couldnt take my shoes off my feet would swell up I cant get my shoes back on
would get a clean pair of socks a day well but good at 2 weeks
wake up a cat going in to the Germany
and I finally f***** my last battle on Thanksgiving Day with
Hill 303 904 area strip


40g battle we jumped off a 04 30 in the morning
took the forward slope and we’re going down the river slope of the hill end
we have a week old
rolling fire in which we would have archery Woodbridge an antonym for the line of fire
fired from Ibis and soon as it sailed exploded we would jump
good jump up and try to catch the enemy in the foxhole before they can get out there fog light with artery
well I guess it worked pretty well but we had it all rolling garage


Raj down the hill and we get down to the bottom and are poor word
server got hit and IR ser 300 radio locked out
knocked out so he didn’t call the last member we were
where’s the grid coordinates for the last word bar was posed to come in
and we’re in a moon time had that Germans on a run and run and put them down hill
3d and real head bad it’s all we had
get down there and this last Viraj comes in behind us


and I get hit with my own artillery
but I was running so fast I had everything including my overcoat
all my winter clothing so the globe
Lobi over cold in the bottom part of my legs and in both legs and I got hit
I got hit both hands I got knocked down but I was scared so I pick myself
what’s up back up I kept attacking we got down the objective
big factory we get down to the factory and then we get pinned down by machine gun fire


Empire and small arms fire so we try to get back up and when I get into German
German foxholes Lil Wayne trying to decide what to do
the recruit and then by that time is 5 Tiger tanks come
Cumberland around the edges that big factory and they were fired
firing machine guns in Canton 88 Point Blank right attitude
I don’t remember when I got so shell shocked and I lost my head
my head against endemic better at the time of the


back behind the Tank scan determine if a tree fell when it came up
map wera treated its best we could back to there is a big trench coat
cross and hope filled with a communications trench in the thing
I think I got me up to my left and my buddies got into a foxhole
well this big old tank comes up and pussy spread over at Fox only just grinding
the ground it all we got here extreme and so my buddy Lou and I decide
decided we better get back to a trench so we got back to that it will land in the airport


came up we jumped up at Alabama but then no hand grenades nothing but my bayonet
and we were systematically beaten and
taken I was drug down the hell I ended up in that basement
tax rate short time they come in
remover moved out and I found out later we had 78 casualties at
is that day there was 41 min left in my company and its out of a resume
where is 187 men 4xl many casualties were at work get replaced


replacement is the keep up with the today’s battle shortly
we will meet you moved out and I was forced to walk the next 10 days behind
German lines and in a column of threes and it kept getting bigger
bigger well I never kept picking up if you can
prisoners along the way out of the Battle of the Bulge which I do not think about
December I’m in the 90 member we were strafe by merican
American planes on a cup location: Solway funny when I call before and I would stay


stagger down the road so large airports guys know that it was not German soldiers
those 10 days I slept in a barn tonight’s the rest of Time Wii disc
we just left out in in Valdese houses in a field around it
pounded with fencing and I slept in the snow
but I have my complete uniform finally crossed the Rhine River and I was picked up and taken down
Luckenbach to a Lindbergh
which was Stalin 12a and I finally got some help on my


wounded legs well path of the boys are
how much medical attention in American American
American medics in there so they lay me on the floor and sat on me and help
hand held my legs down while he kicked out what’s right when they can I still have that won’t my leg
who picks out what a good but I got such a wonderful body
body that everything he all over pretty well I didn’t have any infections I don’t know why cuz I was buddys
is the devil I was in at hospital Disney Resort can tell


so I got there 10 days after the 23rd and I was there too
there till the 19th and on the 19th a call without one in the morning
into a room saver go give you a hot shower take off your uniform
took our uniform doll-fan minute noodle piles of a remember
and but I can’t my shoes on in my under clothes on in this room
handsome spigots up there but it was little cold water for my baby and get wet
moved out and another room has a big Bolla clothing


is it get dressed jolyn clothing I had to wear at a pair of trousers
browser that came about 6 inches above my ankles
Wilton blue overcoat that had a split up in the 5 stalking cat
cap and a scarf and that was that shirt that was it
how is the
give me a rope for a belt nothings coming over
did it was stuff out of the concentration camps


one of those uniforms and I found out years later that my uniform was used
infiltration in the Austin area by the German invasion
Zomboy feel kind of bad but nothing I can do about it
loading box cars Leonet box car going across southern Germany
Germany and night and day no food no water was never allowed to help
and we’re estranged several times by American planes but You Lyrics come in from the
from the side and we could get on the floor and move to the bullet went over our heads nobody


is poison oak by couple guys I think of him finally 19
one night about 2203 pulled into an area and then
doors will open with snow on the ground Ann Arbor jumping out of a car
scar in the cell site in and it swelled head over heels and I realize my feet
frozen man I didn’t know it I got it I tried to keep moving but weird cramps
Crimson Tide about 7 minutes a car you couldn’t sit down shut up and sleep standing up in a corner
and there was a little trouble but why guys try to fight but they couldn’t fight


free rough and we kept beating on the sides of the doors all we had was a little window
window at the top of the of the Indy channel box car that was it
and no toilet Purcell is whatsoever in
always remember 11 kid got so thirsty he tried to lick her
frost off the heads of a boxcar courses time stock today
hinh han jugado out there he is tongue swell


Joker death and I’m at remember remember this the sound
sound of that guy I guess you say die and choking to death
but we got out there was about 2200 and I was forced back into
back into the car and we carry 12 dead Ulta my car
what is stack my plumbing guys are still wounded or 12
212 day out on my car and I’m a Murkrow in Alabama blazin
so we just driving through the snow I’m still able to walk and I was up


edge of the woods a big bonfire and as lot of bug Kiwis Aussies
Canadiens your name at British and edify in a big pot
hot tea and we stood around that big bar guitar
how to get warm with a guy I just feel like laying on the ground
and we got a cup of hot tea small sandwich at the person who died at the last
text my love letter couple of pieces of bread in my pocket pull it print them
beautiful night stars moon


moon out and I didn’t have a pretty soon I’ll hurta
big fat German guard behind started singing
cmek knocked which is silent night Christmas with Christmas
Christmas night at box cover 6 days 6 nights
and I’m standing there you know it
touching myself a field while still alive and I felt something on flytouch
shoulder ice where did I turn around what is nothing there


but it just give me the inspiration
survive this iTel had 5 month but I didn’t know that but you’re going to survive if they give me the answer
inspiration well f*** you then doesnt fire died on a run out of Beer Week
wicht Weaver March over to a building but that time of poly 24
2400 hours pollo y LAN
money lenders in the door finally afford a light felt up walking dead
big open building with straw floor and we should have one blanket


and so we kinda night we slept together
the gather 3 guys always one in the middle aged people are in a lucky Pierre
he’s mad at a blanket that was just a bucket
looking for a toilet in a pipe out the back lower back in how is
I was there about 15 16 days I got one meal a day
ifunny load out of there and shipped at 28 Harbor lights come on
Pandora work labor camp little village ballroom door for witch in German


German means round Village headroom for 40 min
and it’s been a Russian cancel is a method that move the Russians out well the only 36
set up of the members came from two different campuses
I guess so 4a and 4b and I came out of 4b
end of this working hard bites commando 53
535 I found out later on I didn’t know that at the time and I
and they don’t barracks and I reserve a room for 20 min on each slide it in


wall in the center of the big table of food and then
and then I got one blanket and I got in there was a straw mattress
but a gunny sack full of wood shavings in a little bit
straw I guess and I don’t want health and saw him I thought that that might work
tonight with my wife black cock up the next morning I was wrong
life the Russians had left their calling card at full of life
fleas and bed bugs in a month and this time I have not had to shave her hair


haircuts at 5 a.m. Kombat Deadly Alliance oh I had a long beard and long
hair which is beautiful place for lies and flask
started at UIUC learn to scratch
when you’re close later than this how to learn to live with them
we were forced to work every day I had to walk as much as 5
52 12 kilometers into a place called Hollywood Florida
and we worked on cleaning up the railroad that have been bombed


I work in the garbage dump and are used to try to salvage show
string a newspaperman sometimes in the morning we try to wrap your body with a couple of
where is a newspaper title with string to keep the hair off
one of the jobs I had was digging a trench at a school
that I have been closed down on the use of the AM
well actually the hospital for the Germans a little old German soldiers and their wounded soldiers
trains to get water line in a sewer line


YouTube part of a building and all we had was a
spike with a hammer to dig through the frost to get down to the stuff like this
like this we had to do it all the time I did have 45 days working on a farm
Farm Fresh in weeds and let them know I got it
lunch at David’s Bridal come out with a little red wagon in a big can of soup
soap and shampoo can witches white bread
bread because I lived off of actually what I lived off of I got home everyday


willkommen work and walking back to the woods
we are what we call a shuttle Richwood just a bowl steel bowl
let me get a bowl of soup at about for boiled potatoes with a jacket on
in a big slice of German black bread
shutter like black bread mold white bread and finally after dinner
mabis 30 or 45 days
the bridge start to change a weekend we can go in one of our trips


trips into the little village once a week we going to get our bread and butter
3 guys are going with his wife going to have to go pick up the sweet little farm
and then take it into the bakery and exchange it for so many loaves of bread
that’s one tricky with me got checking out guys what behind her while we were talking to them
Baker and we found out they were dumped in sawdust into the
mixture it is it tasted like pine or oak
what a time I got out there I don’t have sawdust in half and Britain


really got rough but it everything you got one big maybe one slice
wife and then we would never buy without so much soup until April 2nd
just what was left in about an equal amount sales
Alyssa Milano spraying in a couple of jobs I had
been a couple of days and Woodward
cutting diameter logs and to build tank trap
Minecraft with Wella brilliance of Hitler Youth song so I thank you


they come and they take off their shirts in a way you can tell the SS
the regular SS would have too little and lightning SSS
on the inside of their arm the Hitler use that have just one
yeah after you got to be baby first class or when or what those little devils come in
temperware working in step down the ways to put one of those
what are those on one end of the Fallen us on the other end and I didn’t fold them to me
Beckley pass out from exhaustion and then reload upload


upload logo on our shoulders that came out of the woods to the wagon and
and they be on one side with V on the other walking out
update signal German songs somewhere along that song that all
NFL logo on it
crush is a big nickel
taped up about them for 4 days in the Hat and then it worked
tank trap building tank traps under bridges


nada just manual labor cerita want everyday
general how did the German soldiers 3 to the German soldier that first one
the first couple of about the first four weeks we had some younger
yeah I thought were wounded and couldn’t find release Romo
maybe it leave neighbours thinking then later on we go to old man from
from World War Z 2000 pop from old bones only call him
and the only problem they had German police dogs


analytics and sometimes we be out and they did not have something to do that
let that dog muffin to you and your family I got the Motts card on the front of my leg
legs when they got little bit of both of my pant leg and the other than that
the man in the Carrie black snake with I got raped and liked twice
one instance where they get the tank trap for sale legal
and I was kind of lien on my shovel against a big tree
pretty little German girl with the biggest to work with us


come around the corner and have a little sandwich and cooking bread
and I looked at her and I didn’t have the heart to hungry I was I didn’t have a heart
hard to take SATs and patient and I said 99 which piano
and she smiled in love boy beautiful thing right there and the next thing I knew
in the garden come up with that black snake whip
Colorado cross a back to hear what I hear glee
adidas hit me once but have been worse if you take sandwich probably would have


look at little girl in in feet
will to die I just did a car to take another time
the time we were dating tank rapper Foxx old
MLB rabbit come across Sarah and Alyssa

movie start digging a foxhole over that private was
and we dug him out at night


torn in half an hour guts and all in the Enviro jacket
but we only got a trip through for brick as a cold for a little
stove and it never kept us warm but wait
but we try to cook that sing at night but mostly raw meat
but I don’t do that kind of job
how many the never only thing
iTone Cajun where we’re going to the head headsets come in


nearest acres and I had a kid for me old bloody bucket
the bucket division 28th division and he was little shell shocked
and we were walking there and he was
Black Tie how can a poppin off to the guard that German guard
so happy that offer come up and when he was bent over
get booted in a rear end into the rapper diggin well I come over there
help him out like a stupid made a couple of remarks about


facts about to you German and English which I should have known
should I could come in the SS could hurt somebody
somebody else and I turned around and he had grabbed the rifle
album one the other guards coming at me
and there I stood well I’ve had enough
can buy a pair of what we called Perry bi mat when I come at you for that discovered on
income at me and I backed away


mokhtabad and white wife and I figured
I’ve had it will not this time old pops come running howling at the German
can it be to rescue me more let’s go there we had to add to guard that day
taking a rifle from the other 10 bones Way calling
so I turn to left and then the German state deppen but but stroking
my jaw pop when I head off knocked up for adoption
40 East Brokaw Road off I just had to spin a mild and


bulk mail almost unconscious a lane on the snow there for a while before acting
how to get myself up I didn’t have to work the next day though I got the next day off
but I went around next about the next three weeks with a dragon plant
keep the air out of the roots of my teeth and they finally healed
and I never thought much about it but my local dentist had to take
had to take the roots out after I come home I still in the army but a year later
yeah I know so I at I got to that


funny took some bone fragments on the bottom of my mouth to be several years later
other than at other time
we are the boy the name of the board the board and he was a French Creole New Orleans
good speak French well in French I want to call Peru liquor
where can I put my own apartment I can go 50 kilometers to pass
iPass homemakers believe wrong little bit so they had a set up or they were
find a skate prisoner red running to there underground to the Merrick


lyrics to the American lie lie lie so we worked on
Farm for about 3 or 4 days and so he got Nexus 10 use a French press
prisoners they set up a deal for him to Skype so we work out a deal one night
but not on 28th route
throughout how to miter 2800 hours 1900 hours
so we set up a deal he had enough of the French
the French uniform we would steal clothing every chance we get well in German


reminder for 3 weeks and we have a shake down a lot o-200 the morning
they call us out and we have our clothes and walk over to another building
and hanger clothing on a peg my penguin number 14 and I have to have my clothes on
some night I couldn’t sleep in my clothes but most the time I thought I lived in
take them off. I never had a boyfriend vote
I got a deal set up an estate sale in fight out in front of the buried between
between two guys which brought old bones who is patrolling the perimeter


the perimeter that might come around with his dog to watch the fight romanii din that
that we open up the back window and he went out and find over the fence
words that have the barbed wire and got down the other side go away well they called him
are there free days later but nobody knew until the next morning
have a countenance more about account that ruin men short
throw a rat and Raven a card on an old bones are there
they called him out of the bed and only want to have a miracle


thanks for letting a man escaped
the boy he’s a turning blue phone I said I was in the head to Rosamond
morning line up and I was in the back roads at God
guys with air rifle couple guy guy get hit in the head busted open
I was in the back row and I got hit and run
Best Buy Back River below shoulder blade and then had three ribs cracked I guess because
because I could take a big breath for the next 3 weeks after pill


healed up and it is so whether they weren’t exactly broken but the hit me hard after
makeup at MAC for knock me down my face but that’s only time you really got me
Island in the little commander fear we had we call me
hottest tall is the shard potbelly
war 1 bed and things go bad I may be in my side
I saw it it will the Guide button working hard enough of something so they call us out in the morning
he would walk up to me with an iPad


push my head back and pull lever back on the things to read to shoot meth
CinemaNow resolved is rat and Raven
they start out in English then end up German so you had a learning
German I know what I wanted so I learned
the primary language with Knicks 4 states that means I don’t understand
brother get away with it but that went on
all spring and then I finally woke up one morning and


Everett little road in front of us with full of civilians and wagon
walking along there in an old awake for pulled up milk
the milk house Orlando horses available anywhere the army at all horse
Apple TVs peoples head well
well we watch that we still work a little bit but not as much but then finally
the Germans were coming back from the
from the front and they will come by and see that that was a prison camp


will they open up with the automatic soap about the last 4 days I was that we
dead on the floor Lyrics with old shattered from the Germans
Germans open up until finally late one night 98
it came to us than there actually was thirteen guards but but this time
time 7 of the disappeared in the sexual after they were all on the other the problem of ozone
blood on the Russian side of the Elbe river sold the
6 Garden Trail left 4 from the other side the Elbe river


so they came to visit I will make a deal with you guys if you will give us your word that you will know
you will not have a shot will get you an American light will take you as a group
and we’ll be on our man covered it so that your protected from the Germans
German soldiers in a Roman around the area 12 foot Joyce and you have me cause everybody scared
the Russians are killing everything in sight but it’s time to leave a guys world
able to walk from starvation so you never leave a man behind
so we raved up hello two wheel cart with rope


handloading those two guys on and in the daylight we headed
West 12th video cross country go the road work
no cramping during my first
airplane that is the big new hair blonde hair out
straight from everything varajet man
I love you say that s*** and I thought we had be real careful going to
cross country well we didn’t get very far and we hold up metallic call Rosenthal


tall and schoolhouse woke up the next morning playsets
place of Thailand on fire Russian to come in
rape the women lot of the month old will not fire they found as file
is finally an is school Belding took our sex guards who will win this
attack about long barrel house Atlanta muffin shot him and then left
because we were surrounded on three sides by Germans at this time so we hold up
up and we will earth 767 days we would hold up


during the day in basement and come out at night looking for food
1st place promised her and try to get some food
get some food I’ll be there about 67 days and we decide we gotta get out
Germans were Russians are coming na banheira
that one day when I was home again and they were little Mongolian Mongolian
they say I’m a little pony
quest 2 days to get back to Horace perdida


and I was going out one meal a day from the Russians
and I know I finally hit my phone it took off and I ended up in
Saigon Poland hitchhiking and there was a big campus
later I get out that way well I couldn’t have been there
so then I headed back west on my own
and one morning I was in a long narrow road in a garden
digging up a rutabaga for food stamps


I’m staying at work that by myself and about tree Russian tanks come Barrel
barelist see you there in the last time come through screeching halt popover
how to prep the great big buxom blonde woman
PopSci learn emotions may get on a tank
Micro up on a damn thing it going to hold a couple rings and hang on a while we took off
headed woman we’re headed west will get into this edge of the woods
Woods and the Germans opened up with one week old screaming Mimis which are the


what are the multi barreled board about what it could be in it scream like a banshee come in
cumming in a girl cumming while one hit the tank
and I don’t know where they sell fried butter some I get out of my head was split up from here
.5 inches on a pill Maybach and blew me off
the tank into the ditch and I was about half concert I know how long I lay there
all I know is bleeding but I finally came to an end with two guys
bending over me and one of them was Jacque McCloud the 51st Highland Division


capture the Dunkirk City been to prison for 45 years but he had a lot of
Florida Medical Clinic so we had a pretty good thing Phil Heath another boy with
yo plenderleith from the 15th to 17th King’s role of SARS
captured in North Africa
appraiser for a while and then we’re headed towards Odessa on the Black Sea
taxi Czechoslovakia where to get out but they were
they work so me and patch me up in the three of us headed


we get over there and I don’t know where your polling there somewhere
Ann Landers and British soldiers that said war is over
we’re going home so we all turn around 6 or 7
three and we headed west good trucks Poppins
poppin Draenor we can get headed west in finally
couple things that but I’d come inside. In Berlin and I woke up
I woke up one morning I’m driving from coming to my memory card


I woke up with a bandana my god like for the Russians at all huh
the only way we can prove our cells have in America
don’t I didn’t mean to darn thing to him none of us had uniforms so we put a red arm
piece of red cloth around our arm and Weaver point to let you know I’m the same
American skier broken ski Cobra which means good
recap the Russians alphabets with that red arm band 2012
Cuban Russian and I prove to him that I was American flah all me out


I’m in Berlin so I’m going to this office in this phone
is lobster and he said well we’re going to repatriation so I was
maybe a pack a day in a load of me on the truck full of women and kids
and we were supposed to for American Airlines
red heads out of Berlin and we come to a place called looking bald
which had been a light prism
Camp Scott Stallings 389 Barbara


how much are for about 6 7 days and every night
loving a lot American doll kind of guys are DPS displaced person would head out
head out at night if an American lines rabbi daylight who they came back
back the Russians with pick him up patrolling long there no on truckin bringing back maybe
maybe once in a while a guy would make it get to the river phone number kid not his son
I want the money
Anna camp middle of the night early evening and never load


blown up Mara mean DP’s displaced persons German soldier
soldiers in boxcars and heading for Siberia
Americans going to let you know we left about 20,000 Americans over there to the Russians
so we decided to go to get out of I got I got knocked out
Russian guard at me when I run away from him I don’t like
shipping a back you could have fit just kidding I restore power wire colors we went to the
what to the very bottom two strands of barbed wire in but this time it was


electrified water not normally was but the Russians have baby girl they weren’t even mad
the man in the guard towers they were having too much fun with Russian
German women dark we cut a hole through that
advance at 2 wire fence at the grocery we crawl through that Mendel cross your mind
the minefield into the woods well during the night
I got separated and I was in a barn early the next morning
philapark full grain Anna farmer


farmer come out the house and I took off girl to feel the rush
Russian Patrol called me to let me in the truck and I was back in prison again
so I stayed there that day I got my bowl of soup
found out whole the next night is dark
self well the night before it was raining and Danielle so high
so I lost my wife tonight with a beautiful night I found at North Star from a Boy Scout training
Salon head west so I travel at night for 3 nights


In N Out hide during the day in the morning of the fourth day I found a couple
bipolar a big rise and look down in the valley with people
and I was a Bailey bridge Wittenberg
Wittenberg and I get down in crowd in the way I look
look my beard adult looking thing ever fight about it well I just made a way through the crowd
animals hunter the people there to get across the river in the bridge big iron
Bridget’s to the left with all blown and this was just a baby


and they were still exchanging man4man Russian Fredericksburg
I like brothers about this is the only place I found out
how about later on so I got to the front of the
the bridge in Everett 3 of American Air Force officers are
how men really get me some crackers that the first food that had about the last 3 days
and I disorder Wilson I stayed out all night and the next morning
big truck come up with timber wolf rock inside and outside of Big Timber Wolf


n eds Russians all that and a force that buy gold crossover Bailey bridge and then it would allow
Crossville I cross the river I don’t know maybe you can
ten hundred $900 go in a truck
mother I like brothers and we went into a lake and a
legs a man a member of the medic said
how much did you weigh how much you should weigh you went into combat what’s a hundred 80
at you say you know it your way now I said no hundred and nine


buy bounce house that’s the last words I remember
I just passed out and woke up the next day I was
is an alley OPP mean in Reims France in the hospital
I can take it but I had a kind of a canopy over meat is bad because
the lights in the mess I was in filthy dirty my hands if I have been
amor swag for days but the head can I get a life
licensed in golf a man I had to French nurses


they shave me regular razor
every pair of my body is that bad. Cut my hair
mini putting a big heart in a bathtub full of money
is warm water and scrub made from my android
and I was there about seven days I was a nurse by my bedside 24
24 hours a day and then I’ll finally out of uniform
Farm and I want to hump you Todd bridges Camp Lucky Strike


lahar France Emma time I got there a forever 21
20 days after the war was over 27th of May so everything with
sing with closed down before the pill is concerned I was won the last documented to come out of Russian control
role as far as I do so I get there and they didn’t have time
a time for me they had a setup for everybody went through a certain process
Amir interrogating me and I can finally had enough
free would listen to me he says no we monitor no scam


scams you guys had Red Cross boxes you got closer
what you’re talking about man with nothing like that in my camp I never saw a red cross box
f*** I got to write one letter a month but my parents didn’t get in delawarw
what war was over the first letter I wrote that cut up with a razor blade cut out
what half of what I said I got no mail and 4th at 6
6 months are the man that can’t I had no idea what’s going on the world
we don’t know how the war was going on we didn’t know anything about no way for us to find out phone ID


treetop he would give me a hard on
call me a liar shut up and salute
I just made about face and left eye pink eye be court martialed for
but I was there another day and I can’t go on the head
hit man pitching like mad finally after about the 7th day out
camp on in the morning sis how to take care of a soldier
wonderful I got a thing caught on 50 bucks in cash in a past 2


England delay Andrew t. Colin 780 lane road
sketch a plane and fly home give me a billion have
have some fun with her okay so I go to a land environment self
single women go into London and I didn’t have too much money
bunny cost me $0.40 a night for a bed at the Red Cross club and Rick Ross dead give you enough
how many have to pay for everything coffee Ordo ad for the Salvation
nation army Esprit and Hiram London


make some friends with my some of my Canadian buddies a fourth of a show with Oregon
p****** hot tub Aldershot so I’ve been a long time with them
and finally I go down
go down to cover garden in dance I was a big place for my fair lady with farm to the bank
dancehall the last night I was there
I passed out I was having problems with my stomach I had a head wound in the nozzle
woke up and the next morning I was in the hospital


is a nurse without my bed what day is it
little man what time is it
on a call from airport one summer Basin old 700
morning images
she left the room I got out my uniforms in over my bed
can I put my uniform on my route 20 and Hiram
London of everything there is to say I like Madame Tussauds Wax


waxwork Benatar London on a burnout area boondocks Atlanta
central part of a country but when I do I get
do I get on a train on a learn how to speak by without paying a bunch of conduct
traductor weather Kemal Clapton I move and then come back
Aetna so that’s that’s the way I lived
and then after I got picked up a mamas say courtyard shoulder charge 42
12 days a wall in Lichfield England venta


8 days no guard house and then not when did you tell them they called
Nicole me out and said we ever review your case is considered you battle fatigue
free resetting your settings but worshiping you home immediately undergo
guard and I put man put a saint’s ALP for the garden Alan Alda
Barry South Wales women I set out on a buttload 7000 Turner
behold the Boston where are they now
I’m sorry we’re all out of paper even talk


Ben talking about when you had missed your flight out of England in Europe roaming around
England league on a wall Lexar back there
I actually got picked up a couple times and sting
because you couldn’t go to a pier 12 Red Cross club you could go to about 1 or 130
bad checks at the end piece wood full house run out of money
Pizza Portland club Columbia club wear to the Red Cross
go to bed at night so I learn another quick things that make


friends with a night clerk a girl have butter her up a little bit so that
at night she would pick out of a bed that was out of commission
mission and ship named the bed number that floor number
what room number and so I would know about 1041
are 130 and check in a Wendy’s to play sad that have low card out there and it said
Timberwolf and give these dictation numbers fly know where to find a bed
so that work for while other times I slip out in St James Parker Hyde Park Irvine


a place I could hurt them band in building and im 11
when will infant have roamed around most of the eat what they call the EastEnders
London Peppers come of a poor section and one day I was walking down the
straighten I come to this one little tea room if I say where I’m stopped
optical time for a cup of tea just a cut going to cost me that much sometimes
sometimes it’s full of doubt give it to me for nothing cause I was in uniform H&M in America
American British it good for the Americans thought it was that they were


cute up in front of the door people were so I walked up and ask people
bottom of going on a cell will the Queen Mother Queen of England
is coming 1405 so they let me get in there lines
find out about 10 or 12 from a door on a slant face this way
M restaurant Aubrey soon this T Mobile carry
down the road and old maid and the Queen Mother gifts Albuquerque
carriage bolt up at the door and she gets up Folsom and she stops


stop look silver walktrough to me thanks R&L deceased husband
yank I want to welcome you to England you have saved my country
country I want to thank you very much and I supposed to do
how to do you know I didn’t would I get on my knees are bi or Chrissy all I could say more
thank you ma’am thank you very much
add to the Tea Room but that I’ve got in that I bought the changing of the guard
hit the attempt Allison in all get busy


it was it was rough in the plane leave with a Beretta
beretta .32 beretta that I carried in my left hand and then I had a dream
German blackjack no onna with a spring
covered with leather and eye care that in my right hand and then I
when I walk the streets at night you had a walk on the curb because there was so many guys
guys like me thats for living off the land with mug if I got a chance alone
enabled height in the doorways thought you know it was it was kind of tattoo treacherous


treacherous away I had to live but I’ll do it in a millennia
anyway and my parents still have not heard from me they got them
telegram missing in action and afford a new I was still dead and I didn’t
have sent another I guess I wasn’t thinking I never wrote home
they did here is something about me on bbc1 time interview
something that didn’t know anything there still waiting and here I’m over there roaming around
how like a nut and finally he would you know you need a girl


meet a girl you have to be careful because you couldn’t touch it because they wanted to
come to America so I didn’t go to dance with me like this but then I get tired of this
part of this when I dream I’m stepping out and I get my address as home
when I got home I had a big big box of letters from a litter of different girls and finally my day
my dad open up one of them intro to this one girl and she laughs
what kind connection I was in and all that kind of stuff and she says well
well he’s very thin very nervous


av feels like he had to live like a
the blank of an animal for so long that it he wants to come an get back in the civilization
Malaysia before he comes home that was my thinking I guess that’s why I
staying in London brother then coming back to the States horse after Ad
inadvertently going AWOL that’s a little more baby
can but like I said he that stream in tribunal
check me out early one morning a guy Ben Hur 7 days


had to let me live that the Midlands improv to I had to work well
first 3 days I work a chicken Boursin pots and pans
Anchorage weather what color replacement depo rappold am poem in the head guys going
coming to go on a long time been transferred in and out
serving meals 2408 frantically Thursday because of my
been hit by a white phosphorus location
burns and serum in hands and so I still have infections from app


still a problem so that og I soak my hands would swell up
how to remove soap from that I did they put me on the garbage detail
so it was that bad but at least I get to 3 meals a day
used to be called me and said because of your car
combat record we check your record we’re going to resend
and we’re going to see if you’re considered battle protect and I noticed helmet
paper that I don’t know that’s how I do Big Lots red letters had cycle


Michael saxophone I gotta got me good
but I guess I was dangerous because they had a kid come in with it
machine outside young punk and said that this man is
Bourbonnais 6 month sentence you have to get into Barry South Wales by 1800
turning into the starting place are you have service ends well
what I couldn’t talk to you can’t even talk to me they put man in a chain
and then we went so I took the train and me went to Paris house while


Buffalo JAMES R Turner well and things are still rapping with all
Air Force anorith 13 about guys were all XPO datpiff
that is about 300 more like baby is going AWOL and got into trouble
the trouble the rest of married British girls licking other long enough to marry British English girls
girls that so they spent their 60 days of IPO W leave with their wives
why are there girl friend and I still have my 90 day leave when I got home
solitaire 190 place for us to sleep


13 of a kind of band together and slip on the dick
Dr Gunter and everynight
around the guy that played hearts around playing hearts all the time
became well appointed where we would get the disc golf show
offshore of 11 that you spell Alan watching flat Brando lady that I left New York
New York I come in at Boston Harbor photo widget for many miles out
child out at night pulled over by below deck instead


sweeper terms sweet down for a nap and clean the deck
so they brought him brooms up a couple shovels the cult
the colest 13 guys out and we’re got a sweet down the dick
what album is this time we were so bitter metallic Chevy trailer
I don’t know what I want to I didn’t want the other guys couple of guys for certified mail to a private
relax with each other on modded guys candid
chapter 23 weeker everything over the deck


check internal gear Fort Worth
Fort Worth Florida jumped up down court martial superhead
short rib beef broth a geyser
epic mother brings I swept up and down to get the approval let you know we had to be checked out to get into
the land that the ship had to be approved so we get in there
who’s the first guy is offered thing we were the French the first one
ship from the first line and what he had to the Red Cross


coffee and donuts and I was slated to go to the hospital
fort miles Standish and I put the bed
dead but they have a guard at my door I drain the liquid out of bed
laborready feed Mira oil pickup still have my stomach keep food down
down sometimes and about the second day I was there
the guy c** inside the woman my uniform says get dressed you got a 3 day pass
I’m so I got there and there is a girl that I


viccino’s bad if a girl that I dated when I was in New York City Missouri
lipdup in New London Connecticut Angela how she found out I was
she been trying to me but I could write anybody baby
the parents of the sea called my parents I guess he kept in contact with my parents
and you know when you need to service your always made many friends as you
is you could but girls because they were the one that wrote and male with the most important thing
Army Special Forces and we did have mail called about everyday life


I got mail but I couldn’t I ever had a chance to write about if you got me
got me a 3 day pass and we went up to her house and she had 3 brothers all 3
service and I did stay at her house or is it like that
Petaluma brew Montebello motel there and cheats for family paid for that
round and talk but remember the main thing I remember
I was dying for a butterscotch sundae so I get
I get one but I have bought for mites of it all I can eat


never for got my head to throw away the rest of that butterscotch sundae have no waist
but I came back again and I was still in hospital
finally I guess I go to discharge came back to you
Chicago and then I took a train down today on Bell and I have 90 days of
leave ni disorder roaming around
is having problems must have a nerve in arm
and I was told to go back to San Luis Obispo wear my combat


division with stationary get ready to go to court to defend well but this time the war was over
and I need for a 15th of the September when I got home
fallout 3 part of Fort Sam Houston
Anna for the US sometime in November well I was having typical
typical problems got into trouble couple times but slick her like you
GIS data court I couldn’t take it hurt my stomach would about trip or drinks that I was done I know
Eminem with my metabolism with bad I should be doing it


I got into a fight 1
trouble because I don’t use my Juno and almost killing
chillin with my bare hands uneven the hospital about 3 days in the survivor site guide errata
the river why doctors local doctors that you got it
put your alcohol and I did but I get back to it in Fort Sam Houston
Houston I go through the hospital check me out
and I was having problems with prostate problems and it wasn’t


image from the liquor and the poor water that I said it
I have throwing fits pour water over seas not been having trouble with pain
what pain but I don’t what it was and they found out it was so then I was but not federal and was given
was given penicillin for a week and it clear that up
when it came time for my discharge in it at that time you had have so many points
white stuff to be discharge and have never had a headache
use for their for school I try to join a neighborhood I could get into the ice too tall back then


so therefore guide report an end they all had
that more. I did so I go through the line for about 3 or 4 days
4 days and there was a good after their views nice about it
tomorrow finally I got an app for that
that’s the one time I went to I said sir I have been home for 3
3 years for Christmas I said last Christmas been the god bless boxcar
I’m going to be home this Christmas one way or another I get discharged


upper/lower I’m going AWOL so he’s looking at my records in
the next day I came by and he had my records
LIC your voice pool table trick in a contry that again are you
my solat go get out of here he sold his calm down I got your setup
set up set up for me to go and get me my ruptured duck
so I got discharge right there thank God I need you want to help me out but I’m going to
Hospital built the whole time I was there and I miss her almost a month and then I got home


home of the 15th of December and I got time
edify dollars for train fare like a map to St Louis in the Danville
bill Hannah’s best of 50 that September and then
I’m at back to school but I could go back to school until January
1946 and then and then another
Outback lattice signed up for 15 or 17 hours I go through a lot
the lime and this girl that I don’t find you on the record


you sure you signed up my sould yes ma’am
because I made a couple trips down iu and visit
so I walk over there this girl gets my records out and see
can I got red in the face and I said what’s the problem girl
she said well the Army says that you are psychologically unfit
get to take a full course you can only take 9 hours
thoughts per semester I’ll take for the first year of classes


so I gave me a chance I can love turn it in
well I was only a learners after 3 weeks at a special
special election and how was elected president of eternity off the bat
me I don’t know why because most guys are a lot of energy is like maybe
Motorola RAZR m on Commodore officers are there Buffalo on a private tumblr Bunch butt
so I was president of UPND tell the term ended
did the guy that was President Bill Clinton service 420 all the sudden hand


and then I got involved with campus toughen but I could get it
to get a study buddy for girl got too close I was gone
until I met her and we knew each other by 21 days
how do I decide to get married Soleil
home but I just
messed up don’t realize that I know there’s no way to help us now chords we got what I call Pete
PTSD and you not get some support out of there but I don’t need it


she’s my support please put up with me all through this thing in Corsa book
look at what cleared everything up his up in a big help for you telling your story
if I didn’t realize I was asked at the local school
and I spoke of the death of one class in high school and then I don’t know other teachers pics
picked up on it and I’ve been doing it for about 25 years now
I just got my ball desert schools on a come up to ww2
automatically call me in its aura slacked off


hiya it begin to bother me and I know it
the miners had enough I’m sorry to say the kids today
today are quite as interested as he used to be used to be God’s army
hang around after class I ask questions and I get let of God I got a box
box full of letters from the kids at school but I’ll talk to
but it in theatres attitude has changed in so I just sort of back door
actor off have churches or something like that


my idea was it to get the story that and just a little fight online
DBA found a guy found in Guyana
animal hospital for a while but I didn’t realize he will the pill W no record of any
anything gold medals with no nothing so they got together
and got all this paperwork for man for a that DD 214

ask me if I would do the owner of Tanana middle name so we had a ceremony


unlock the bay few people there and
celebrate a dead family from Texas to Chicago and all over
all over the whole family turned out cookies mail
senile so I get a bigger butt
they come up talk to my mom know if I could give him anything could you want he’s never talked about it
girls have ever heard a word so I said well
she said you do anything in writing I know we can get us well I wrote a book


and so have wonderful than I thought well I’ll give the family a book

Treleaven boy family started coming to me
tell me and the next thing I knew I was sad I sold 7 books right there to do today
what’s the family I feel kind of bad but I didn’t intend to do that I would say you read
you read this you get my idea now what your father and grandfather has gone through
true because I just tell it the way it is when a baby and he was infantry


I think he was captured in Italy so he was there about public
year 7 months but I am I do
do I get an idea didn’t in a Cell books that have their tail
where to buy a half hour what’s great at something that help you get through
so well if you can help other people while in a head people tell me how much I tell them by reading
I read that the fact the Indianapolis VA the psychiatry
Kyle just over there they keep the horrible at 5 bucks and they use it in there


psychiatry Evansville deadline 3pac use it
Indiana Tech is it thanks for you can
can do if you have to simple title
cost of the book good morning but the nightmares never end
and that was my theory in I had a terrible nightmare
because I started in January and I wrote all year
here and now I finally finished up about November and I had a man


man over here thats in Urbana who’s a school teacher
Adam Hughes Wonder picked up on me I spoke of his class one time and he came over
and said he would help me get a public high let me go to public should I be feeling at 5

doing and he would I’d send it by parts
parts of overtime in human side
signs of what I should do expound on ethnic span


a little things like the Maria story
but why male and a combat about 5 s Cuyler
roaming around on a Sunday morning and come up on a little village in France
Hannah on the left hand side with a kind of dilapidated building but there’s people
eminence front of people going in what are rifles crossword shoulder
and the guy came up to us and said the boys like me
why can we get out of church service would you want to come in for a couple minutes so we walked in


then and I took it down and I’ll be sitting upright row viber
rifle trainer belladonna for Hannah
they have a sermon in French what was about overtime we got in there
gamma dilapidated church well as soon as it ended on the left hand side
Wireless area between 2025
Taylor trensch sailors come in all in uniform lined up
the first song they song was Ave Maria in French


just got me writing inspiration
and thats f***** up I had it song at our wedding and Gracie had no idea in the world
world pie I want an AMA Maria at our wedding but at least
10 things that let you know that inspire artists to keep going
keep going and then another situation when we were mocking
we’re going door to door on sometime to three floors up and Families
buildings getting sick because they were snipers shoot that is a lie


allied windows so we’re going to play in the place that you go into a room
some cases of if you had a hand grenade throw a hand grenade in and Susan exploded you jump in
jump in with your iPhone case is anybody in there
longer this other guy I use on one side of the island on the other and the creeper
I heard a squeaky noise soul
hydraulic hand relay for the info I didn’t what the heck to do
iflygo flat door and jump in the air and over in a corner


the little old gray haired lady in a rocking chair
but I didn’t catch you at all I could was emotional I will run and shop
and I killed her and I lost
I lost it my texts are dried you know my hands and knees
about that time down something with an explosion of a hand grenade
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Charles Dukes enlisted in the Army in October, 1943, during his sophomore year at Indiana University. He was shipped overseas 80 days after D-day, entering battle in the Cherbourg Peninsula. He fought through Belgium, Holland and Germany. Dukes was captured Nov. 23, 1944, spending six months in Runddorf, a labor camp near the Czech border. He escaped several different times, finally making it to the Elbe River where Americans were being exchanged one-for-one for Russians.