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Darold Rice remembers boarding the ship to head back to the USA after the war was over. He joined up with a random division in order to be let on the ship, and was telling the story about the man who saved him to a group of soldiers. A nearby soldier overheard the conversation, and said that he was the man that saved him. After a few moments of questioning, it turned out to be true, and Rice never found out his name or anything. He expressed a very sincere regret at that, and got very emotional for a moment while regretting never getting the man’s name. Soon after the battle at Hill 122, Darold was promoted to First Gunner and was soon used to fire overhead suppression rounds at a nearby island where some Americans were being held hostage. They dug into a nearby brush line and fired at the island, but the attack was unsuccessful. A German came running with his hands up, and so Rice took him hostage. The German told him that there were several other German soldiers that had run back and gotten away from the machine gun, and so Darold went to take him back to the nearby command HQ and drop him off there. While marching back, Rice wanted to try firing his new M3 submachine gun, and when he unslung it from his shoulder, the German began praying and crying out for Rice to not kill him. After firing the gun and ignoring the soldier, Darold took him back to HQ. Later, after he was in and out of the hospital following the Battle of the Bulge, Rice went back there to the spot where he’d taken the German and shot the gun, and found his old foxhole that still had some of his grenades in it. Two of the Germans they had shot were still laying there dead as well. After firing one of the German's panzerfausts, they went and investigated the fort that the Germans had previously held, and made their way through a minefield to a nearby cave. Inside, there were German propaganda pieces and newsletters spread everywhere. They left, and Rice threw his last grenade inside and destroyed it all.

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