Segment 11


Eventually the German fire lifted, and Darold Rice and his men moved on. They later caught a German convoy at a bridge and radioed in to request some P-47 fighters to support them. Rice and his men were on the edge of a town in German territory near the French border, and the fighters came flying over them and the P-47’s were making strafing runs, ripping through the German soldiers and their vehicles with .50 caliber rounds. While Rice was running to take up a new position, an empty shell casing that had fallen from a fighter above hit him on the helmet and knocked him unconscious. When Darold came to, he and the other men had wiped out the convoy and taken a great number of prisoners. Soon Darold and his men found themselves stationed outside a fort that the Germans were holding onto, and no matter what they tried, the Americans were having incredible difficulty removing them. So the command post nearby decided to use a jellied gas bomb to try and burn the Germans out. As the P-47 carrying the bomb flew overhead, the back end of it came loose and the bomb fell just one hundred yards short of Rice and the men around him. Soon, Rice and his platoon found themselves heading back West and South and to cut off the retreating Germans and stop them from getting back into German territory. While maneuvering to attack the retreating enemy forces, Rice and his lieutenant dove into a large pit that had been dug previously for a mortar team. As they dove into the hole, a “moaning mimi” shell landed just next to the lieutenant’s hand, and it just happened to be a dud, otherwise they both would likely have died. Rice carried on ahead following the men in front of him and came to a crossroads, and a shell came in and hit, but did not kill, Rice's friend Buck who was carrying the tripod for the machine gun. Rice screamed for a medic and saw how Buck’s face was shredded and his metal helmet had been warped and torn.


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