Some GIs liberating wine from French civilians after liberating the village.
/ March 22, 2013 / 919
I have tried to make splints and crawl or walk out, but I just can’t make it. Today, I managed to stand, but I could go no farther. A Jap shot me in the shoulder and neck. I lay here in this terrible place, wondering not why God has forsaken me but rather why He is making me suffer this terrible end? I know now how Christ felt on the cross. I have had no food of any kind since that morning I was shot. My right hip is broken and my right leg, both compound fractures, else I would have been out of here in those first couple days. My life has been good, but I am so young and have so many things undone that a man of 29 should do.
My loved ones. I shall see you all again some day. I prepare to meet my maker.
1st Lt. Hershel B. Horton, December 1942
Horton led a patrol into no-man’s land on New Guinea to retrieve American dog tags and was shot by a Japanese sniper three times in the leg and hip. Unable to be rescued by his men, he was left in a small hut in the jungle without provisions for over a week. In the end, he died delirious and alone in the humid swamp not long after writing this letter; when GIs were finally able to get to him, they found it in his prayer book and sent it to his family.
March 22, 2013, 1:00pm / 45
On a rafter was a hand. That was all that was left of that [British] soldier. And I can remember someone within our group wanting to take it as a souvenir. How gruesome can you get? To this day, I can still see that hand.
— Vic Ciffichiello of the 8th Armored Division, The Deadly Brotherhood
March 21, 2013, 4:00pm / 15
You don’t fight a kraut by Marquess of Queensberry rules. You shoot him in the back, you blow him apart with mines, you kill or maim him the quickest and most effective way you can with the least danger to yourself. He does the same to you. He tricks you and cheats you, and if you don’t beat him at his own game you don’t live to appreciate your own nobleness.
— Stars and Stripes' cartoonist Bill Mauldin of the 45th Infantry Division
March 21, 2013, 1:00pm / 61