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World War II Veteran: Aurelio Barron

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Time Frame: ca. 1940's

During the battle for Faid (fa-YEED) Pass, Sergeant Barron's mortar squad was nearby, perched on a hill, waiting to protect the retreating Allied troops. Barron began to survey the road below his position with binoculars. Unknown to Barron, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, supreme commander of all German troops in Africa, was closer than he thought.
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During the battle for Faid (fa-YEED) Pass, Sergeant Barron's mortar squad was nearby, perched on a hill, waiting to protect the retreating Allied troops. Barron began to survey the road below his position with binoculars. Unknown to Barron, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, supreme commander of all German troops in Africa, was closer than he thought.

(Aurelio Barron)
There was vehicles, small convoy, comin' up the road and turn right in front of our, where we could see. Like I said, it was about 400 yards maybe away from us and to this day I say it was Rommel because of the vehicles that they were in and the trademark with the cap and goggles. Next thing we hear artillery coming in, fortunately they were shooting and hitting over behind us, they was throwing it at us. And then you hear a clinkety-clink. There were tanks and armored vehicles, the armored infantry. The company commander says everybody for himself, everybody get out of here.

 


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