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taped off mine fields - crossed canals - wet up to the neck - dug in hot water - layed in wet hole fired for decoy purposes - Lt. Doyle wanted volunteers - picked Nelan & me - ??Stabler?? ??Bill Moss?? - sgt Gray Petit - patrol - recon. opposite side of canal. left equip. & followed dyke - 2 mi started to cross open field toward canal - 1st scout hit - sent back for medic - ran almost all the way back - came back w medic & Noble (BAR) & stretcher bearers - met sgt. Gray - Moss hit - went back for more aid & then back again with Lt. & FA observer laid smoke screen - Bob hit - artillery & smoke Nelan came to us hands raised in surrender - hole in helmet - everyone went back Co. pulled out - four hrs. until litter bearer came for Bob & other fellow - water & soft mud kept shrapnel from flying - 88s landed close morters stayed in barn that night patrol went after Moss - Nelan led them - received equip. swiped big shovel fr. kitchen.
Page 05 Notes: FA = Field Artillery guns Notes from Bob Hall: Laid down smoke screen for us to recon. By the time we got there it had blown away and I was hit. That's when the 4 of us stretcher bearers crawled back behind earthen dike and they exploded in mud and we were covered, your Dad told me later. I remember I would wake up and ask your Dad how things were and he would say "just fine". He stayed with me, you know, until they could come out and get me, at night, I think.