Segment 4


Baker remembers one instance when he thought he was going to be captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He was sent to deliver a message, but got lost. He hid in a depression on the ground and began taking fire from a German sniper in the town. He thought he was going to die.When he deployed overseas, he left from New York City on the USS General Black. It took them two weeks to reach France, he was sick for the first four days aboard the ship. He hated being on ships. He was not able to go into the Air Force or Navy because he had a problem with color vision.This was Baker's first time away from home. He recalls it being rough at first, but it helped being with other men from all over. He compared it to being at camp. He did not mind the food; he would take the left over K rations that other men would throw away. He recalls one of his sergeants coming to him to convince him to go AWOL [AnnotatorÂ’s note: Absent Without Leave] with him, but Baker refused.Baker remembers what he felt during the Battle of the Bulge. He recalls it was chaotic and disorganized. He felt no one had a clue what they were doing. He did not think a dawn attack was smart because no matter how long you studied the maps, you could not see anything. He thought they were lost. He enjoyed reading maps. Baker remembers first entering into Germany. They had to pass through the Hardt Mountains [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: in France] before crossing the Rhine River.


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