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Deen remembers the fear that was prevalent among the replacements, yet they responded when it was time to fight. He recalls the younger guys looking up to the hardened veterans. He remembers the amount of instruction that the new guys had to absorb in terms of where to dig their foxholes and how to do little things such as go to the bathroom.On Peleliu, Deen had an encounter with a Japanese soldier where he killed the man with a bayonet. This occurred on his second night on Peleliu. He gives enormous credit to the mortar guys who kept the battlefield lit the entire night. Deen does not recall any instances of friendly fire. The mortars may have hit too close a few times. One time on Okinawa, he and his men had to notify the Navy planes that they were bombing too close to their lines.Deen went back in his hometown of Alma Georgia when the Japanese surrendered. When they surrendered his furlough was extended until he went to Philadelphia and then was sent to Paris Island for an honorable discharge. He was set up to attend the University of Georgia for the spring semester of 1946. Deen got a combination degree in business and law. He realized he was older and was making up lost time. He loved college. He graduated in 1950. His law practice did not have any clients so he ran for state representative. Deen was elected and stayed in the legislature for eight years. His claim to fame is allowing women to serve on a jury in the state of Georgia pre 1953. Deen practiced law for fifteen years. He worked in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) post retirement. He wrote a book on how to settle before going to court. He felt that the war changed his life.


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