Segment 7


Walter Barnes suffered from ADD [Annotators Note: Attention Deficit Disorder] but the war did not affect it. One time Barnes was in a convoy. He was driving his jeep with some other people in it. It was dark out and they were driving with no lights on. At some point the guy in the seat next to Barnes asked if he realized that there not any vehicles ahead of them. Barnes got nervous. The following morning they located the convoy and fell in with them. The first time they were shelled by artillery was terrible for Barnes. They could hear it coming so they got into a ditch. The shells were hitting very close to them. When the shelling stopped he went looking for a friend of his and only found his shoes and his helmet. That bothered Barnes but he thought to himself that that was the way he wanted to go. The wounds Barnes sustained do not bother him now. He was treated for them at the time. He sustained his wounds over a period of time. A lieutenant who Barnes did not get along with told him to clean his rifle. Barnes told him no since it was something personal. The man found an infraction against Barnes and had him did a hole six by six by six [Annotators Note: six feet long, six feet wide, and six feet deep.]. When Barnes was working in the commissary he never buckled the buckles on his boots. An officer yelled at him to buckle them but he said no. Barnes did not want to buckle the boots because his feet were hot. In basic training there was a man with a marvelous eye who could look at the guys and tell what sizes they wore. He told Barnes that he would not be able to go overseas unless he wore a size five or larger and Barnes only wore a four and a half. A lot of the guys in Barnes’s unit were going to the west [Annotators Note: to the Pacific Theater]. When it was discovered that Barnes needed special glasses for his gas mask he was held back for many weeks. He was eventually sent to Italy. Right before Barnes got his BAR he was told to dump his gas mask in a pile which he did. He never saw it again.


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