PATRIOT JOINS YANKS AS SCOUT IN CHERBOURG, AND IT WAS GOOD DAY FOR BOTH

From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

CHERBOURG, June 30 (AP)–He joined the U.S. Ninth Division near Bricquebec. Let’s call him Jack, because he has relatives in German-occupied France in some underground group still working there.

No one knows how he got into the company, but all of a sudden there was this shy-eyed kid–21–smiling like hell.

“That boy has been wearing that grin ever since he joined our outfit more than two weeks ago,” said a lieutenant. “He is a French lad with a story of danger and adventure in the last four years even better than our record, and this outfit has been in North Africa and Sicily.

“He told us he knew where the Germans had machine-guns on the road ahead of us. We circled back and sure enough there they were. We wiped them out.

“Entering a town, he went ahead and found the German defenses. He even talked with the German commanding officer and told him there were no Americans in the vicinity. Apparently Jack fooled the officer, because we were in the town ten minutes later and the officer was still sipping a cognac. We captured all the Germans there.

“We gave Jack a uniform and a rifle and he became our advance scout. We followed his directions when advancing. He was always right.

“He knew where Germans bivouacked on farms. Every time we came to such a place he would lead us in and we would get a couple more prisoners.”



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American soldiers in Cherbourg



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Cherbourg: Battleground WW2 (Battleground Europe)




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