My Name Is America: Scott Pendleton in World War 2
English (North American)
Young Adult (18-35)
Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
august 7th. I'm out of food and toilet paper. I must have left my rations somewhere, don't know where our battalion took the lead, we found a stream and started up it. The water flowed against us as we went along at a quick pace. Light rain started at 1500 and I reversed my rifle turning it. But up as I walked, we weren't getting any incoming artillery and I figured either the jerries didn't know where we were or didn't care. They had to know we were coming the same way they knew we were coming. When the invasion started. I wondered what they thought of us. A couple of guys who speak German read us the surrender leaflets. The 9th Air Force planes had dropped on the Jerries. The leaflets said that they thought we couldn't beat them. But we were beating them and that everything they had been told about how invincible they were. Wasn't true. But they were still in the hills and in the cities of France, leaving a trail of bodies behind. Lot more we're giving up than when we had first landed. But a lot. We're still fighting hard. Lieutenant Colonel Castle was leading the march in the stream. What are you going to do when this is all over? Lieutenant Rowe asked me. I knew he meant the war. Get married. Have a family. Maybe work for the railroad back home. I said, or maybe work in television. That's a new field. And there should be plenty of jobs there. How about you? I got a house in bristol, he said when I get home, I'm going to build a porch on the back of it and sit on that porch and during Tennessee moonshine and smile. And if anybody asks me why I'm smiling, I'm going to say it's because I ain't in France. When we reached till 203 and started spreading out around it, A reconnaissance patrol went out to see how it looked while everybody else double check their assignments from where I was. I thought I could see the path they were supposed to secure but I wasn't sure there weren't any hedgerows but the past were fairly narrow and twisted up the steep hill. The Jerries waited until the first platoon had climbed nearly 30 yards before they opened up. We couldn't see them but figured they could see us. Lieutenant Colonel Cassel got the officers together again when Lieutenant Rowe came back he was pale. There's going to be a big push on fire in an hour, he said, If we don't take this hill overlooking the city, it's going to be a massacre. Omaha Beach all over again. Charlie Company's going first there over there in that stand of woods. We're up next. Are we getting any artillery support? The corporal. Last one bombing run. Lieutenant Rose said if we're lucky