By Jerry Scutts

Completely outnumbered all through their brief two-year sojourn within the Western barren region, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought a good crusade in help of Rommel’s Afrika Korps opposed to the British and American forces. depending virtually completely at the Luftwaffe’s staple fighter of worldwide battle 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the battle-hardened aces used the aircraft’s more desirable functionality to accomplish brilliant rankings opposed to the Allies. equally, as soon as driven out of North Africa, those devices persevered to take the struggle to the RAF and USAAF from makeshift bases in northern Italy.

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I ran up the steps, knocked on the door, and said: “Please come out, we’re friends. S. ” After a while they came out, and I explained what we were doing. We stayed to have a Coca-Cola, and then 35 First Organizations left. I even took the owner of the mule and buckboard down the road to catch up with them, as the mule had bolted during all the commotion. ■ ■ ■ The 1st Marine Division commander, Maj. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, authorized a ninety-six-hour pass for everybody after the maneuver and offered his congratulations.

I was shaking with excitement. I remember thinking that if the Japanese could have seen the reaction they had prompted, they would regret what they had done. We took the girls to the station and learned more while listening to the radio on the way back to camp. Pearl Harbor and the Philippines both had been attacked. We were at war. The other guys in the division did not get to go on their ninety-six-hour liberty, after all. The attitude expressed at the first company formation the next day was prevalent throughout the United States.

He was a career marine from Maine—tall, wiry, thirty-five years old, and very salty. He did not take anything from any of the men, but they respected his know-how. He could be very sarcastic, and did not like lieutenants, but he apparently saw something in me. Under his direction, the platoon was always snappy in appearance and he ran it strictly. I had him for almost four months before he became the company first sergeant. After this brief period of “growing up,” I was ready for a tougher assignment, such as being the officer in charge of the slow troop train to New River, North Carolina, when the Division Special Troops moved there from Quantico to unite with the rest of the 1st Marine Division.

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