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US Army

Luck was with me

Luck was with me

 
On December 26, 1944, battalion was again to the 83rd Infantry Division and we moved to the vicinity of Jeneffe, Belgium.
 
This was a real hard time for me.  Three hours in combat we got hit by a bazooka which killed two crew members.  The good Lord was watching over me and my bow gunner.  We were not hurt.
 
On December 29th, the tank was knocked out by a bazooka, but no one was hurt.  Two days later, we got knocked out by German 88mm – again no one hurt.
 
January 13th, 1945, my Company “B” supported the 83rd Infantry Division in capturing towns of Bihain, Petite Langlire, Honvelez, Longchamps, Bovigny, Courtil.  My time on line we opposed elements of eight enemy divisions: 2nd, 9th, 130th, 116th Panzer Divisions, 2nd SS Panzer Division and 12th and 560th Volksgrenadier Divisions.
 
 
Thank to my Lord, I’m still here.  I could write lot about what happened to me and my platoon but it is too frightening to remember.
 
Source: Bulge Bugle, May 1996
Sgt Guy E. SUMPTER

"B" Company

774th Tank Battalion

Campaign

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium