Take a Stand

82d_posterBy December 23rd, 1944 entire US Divisions were still retreating as the German Army continued to advance through the Ardennes Forest in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. On that frigid morning 65 years ago, a sergeant in a retreating tank destroyer spotted a bedraggled paratrooper chipping a foxhole out of the frozen ground.

The unshaven soldier looked up as the vehicle approached and yelled, “Are you looking for a safe place?”

“Yeah,” answered the tanker.

“Well, buddy, just pull your tank behind me,” he replied, “I’m the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as the bastards are going.”

5 thoughts on “Take a Stand”

  1. This is such an amazing story. That paratrooper is the kind of person I’d want to follow. I’m sure some of the guys in that tank thought “this guy is crazy!” Maybe – but his purpose was clear, his convictions were honorable and he was exploding with passion. Sounds like someone I’d feel safe fighting with.

    1. I love this story. The guy digging the foxhole was PFC Martin from the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. A Private First Class! You definitely don’t need a title to be a leader.

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