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Disanza had a Navy crew aboard his Merchant Marine ship. Their job was to handle the guns. They had a submarine scare. Disanza himself did not see it but a couple of other guys saw it. They suggested firing the five inch gun just to show the submarine they meant business. It worked. Disanza qualified as a sharpshooter when he was in the service. His qualification did not necessarily help him with his OSS work. Disanza was always handy with guns. Disanza had a guy in Burma who was a sniper. Disanza called him in one time. He was able to meet up. Their job was to knock off a Japanese officer. They knew who he was and they had actually seen him. They had never gotten close enough to kill him. The Japanese officer was about a half a mile away but the sniper got him. They took off like birds after the shot. Disanza was never a hero. He did not want to be one. Disanzas heart was always pumping pretty fast on a raid. Disanza always hoped that he did the right thing. The main thing was to set up the men in such a way so that they could get out. Disanza preached firing and not aiming. It was good practice to not aim because it cost time. Disanza was always afraid but he never let it get to him. Disanza knew he had to do a job. His heart was always beating hard. Disanza never had diarrhea when he was out in the field. Disanza got parachute drops that contained supplies. The parachute was made of silk. The natives loved the silk. They always had women in the camp. One of them asked how the women dressed in America. Disanza told them as best as he could. Disanza offered to make a dress out of the parachute. The silk was very soft and very nice. Disanza taught them how to do it and they did it themselves. There was always a woman to help cook and wash clothes in camp. They cooperated to no end. Disanza used medical tape to make a chute that would capture rainwater.
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