- A NIGHT PATROL IN HOLLAND -
This concerns Harry Kennedy of the S-2 'section.
Back then Harry was known as Hans. Harry joined us a little later
than the rest of the group, so I didn't know him as well as the others.
He made the Normandy jump and was invaluable as an
interpreter for prisoners. However, this story doesn't involve
Normandy; it is connected with the Holland jump.
Harry was younger than the rest of us. In fact I
thought he was somewhat naive, and that worried me. How would a naive
person perform in a tight situation? This is how he performed.
One night returning from a patrol in Holland we were
challenged by a German sentry. We immediately dropped to the
ground. My adrenalin was spilling all over the place and my heart
beating loud enough to be heard by the whole German army.
Harry didn't hesitate. He approached the sentry.
It was pitch black so no one could see what type of uniforms were being
worn. Harry, in his perfect German, said something to the effect:
"I am Hans. We re on patrol. Our commander failed to give us
the password, so I don't know what it is." After brief further
conversation, the sentry passed us on.
From that moment on i knew that "young naive person"
was a real man, a quick thinker whom I and the rest of the patrol will
be forever indebted.