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They began training every day with full daypacks and practiced moving quickly and efficiently up and down the long Wales hills. Darold Rice did not have much contact with the locals where he was stationed except for some people who would come over and collect the garbage from the mess halls and would feed that in turn to the pigs. Darold never really travelled outside of camp while he was there, but often they passed by women working in the fields, and the women would hoot and cat call at the soldiers as they went by. Darold remembers water-proofing the Jeeps for the D-Day landing and learned how to drive a Jeep for his heavy weapons team. They then travelled down to Plymouth, but it was a false alarm and so the men slept on the ground back at camp that night as the D-Day invasion was postponed for a day due to a storm. The next day they returned to Plymouth and boarded an LCI in preparation to head for the continent. Darold explored the ship for a while and found the engine room, the room where the controls for the ship were, and the rooms where their cots were.
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