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Ralph Busson - H Co.

I served in all the campaigns of the 508th.

I failed my physical when he first tried to join the army. My problem was discovered in high school, when at the beginning of my senior year athletes were required to pass a physical to play football.

The examining physician had discovered that I had an hernia and I would not be allowed to play.

As soon as I finished high school I joined the army, but once again I failed the physical. I figured out that the doctors detected the hernia by placing two fingers under my scrotum and asking me to cough. The cough caused certain muscles to tense up and reveal the hernia.

I practiced coughing until I was able to make the sound of a cough without using the hernia revealing muscles. I tried joining the army again and this time the hernia was not discovered.

After the war I carried enough points for my discharge from the army.

I forgot to do my fake cough, and the army doctor told me that he would have to postpone my discharge until my hernia was corrected. 

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