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World War II Veteran: Aurelio Barron

posted on April 9, 2006 at 2:39 PM

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Born: 1922
Reason for entering military service: Barron volunteered to complete required military service. He left Valley Junction to join the Iowa National Guard but his entry was delayed until February of 1941.
Assigned: Company C, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Division, also known as the "Red Bull Division"
Rank: Sergeant


"...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."

Background:

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.



Transcript

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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