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The 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion

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Memories - 3

George "Buck" Lyda Remembers

While visiting with some of the men during the 2003 reunion, one man shared this story with me.

"As I stood leaning on the hood of a jeep, Patton just walked up to me and started talking.

He introduced himself, already knowing who he was, I quickly responded by introducing myself, including my rank and full name.

He then casually continued the conversation. Explaining to me how he believed we would win this war..."

To this day this man remembers this incident. It brought to him the reality that all men are created equal and we all have our jobs to do. General Patton was the 3rd Army's motivation and strategy.

Vincent Valente shares this story:

Inside Germany, Col. McDonald, Myself, Dave Whitlinger And Jack Brown came upon a dairy Farm. We saw a bunch of chickens running loose. I said to Col McDonald that the chickens looked mighty good. He replied that we were not allowed to catch any livestock.

A while later I said that that drumstick would taste great. He replied " What did I just tell you Valente? We can't touch them. A few minutes later, I said "Boy, I can just taste the chicken Wings." It didn't take him long to say "Go get them. " Well that night we had the best meal in a long time in addition to the eggs we collected."

S/Sgt Vincent Valente

The 808 entered a devastated town in Germany and some of the 808ers were looting the bombed out houses. I spotted one of our guys, I believe that his name was PFC Claxton coming out of a house with a portable radio. I asked him what he was going to do with it. He replied that he was going to take it home. I asked him if he understood German. He replied "NO". I said to him, the radio only speaks German, how are you going to understand it? With that he handed me the radio. I became the owner of a fine Grundig Radio.

Memories from Germany:

as told by both Ray Followell and Vincent Valente to me on two separate occasions.

As the war was winding down we , Col. McDonald Major Robinson, Dave Whitlinger and myself were on a recon trip in our M20 armored car. I was on the 50 cal machine gun when I spotted a German soldier coming out of the woods with his hands raised. I alerted the Colonel and he beckoned the soldier to approach. He made us understand that his men wanted to give up. He went back into the woods and came out with 20 men, all with their hands up.

Down the road the German soldiers were giving up by the hundreds. We motioned the Germans to join them. For them the war was over. I soon thought that we were sitting ducks . The German soldiers instead of giving up could have ambushed us. WE were lucky!

When dad (Ray Followell) told me the story it was not, of course, from Vincents' view point but it was the same story.

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