Segment 7


Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German soldier jumped over the hedgerow and landed behind Darold. A nearby medic yelled out a warning to Rice, who rolled over into the ditch next to him and tried to whip out his Carbine. Before he had a chance to do so, one of his fellow soldiers stood up to run to another position and the German shot him in the legs and hand. Rice pulled out a grenade and tossed it out of the ditch at the German without looking, but by the time it went off and he peeked out to see what damage it had done, the German had taken off and was several hundred feet down the dirt road away from them. Then his platoon leader yelled at him to hurry up and so he helped the wounded man and took off. Rice and the other men on Hill 122 were soon surrounded and cut off by the Germans, and Rice was shot in the fingers while making his way across a field. The Germans made a counter-attack, and so he and his machine gunner were asked to fire at the attacking men, and they did so. All night they could hear the Germans circling them, waiting for an opening. That morning, Rice was awoken as a shot rang out and something nearby by his head made a dull thud noise. Rice poked his head out of his foxhole and saw a dead German SS trooper lying just behind him, and a few yards away an American rifleman was pointing his gun out of his foxhole. The German had crept up and was going to drop the grenade into Rice’s foxhole, but the rifleman happened to see him and shoot him. He saved his life, undoubtedly.


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