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FAMILY MEETING IN ENGLAND
On August 28, 1944 the Madison Press reported "S/Sgt Walter Perdue, a crew chief for a fighter squadron in England, recently met his nephew Clyde Perdue who told him of his experiences in Normandy: 'He jumped on D-day morning and landed about a mile from St Mere Eglise. The Germans had us spotted and were firing all the way down', Clyde told his uncle. 'We landed in the middle of a flak area. All night our men laid low until they could see the German troops moving. It wasn't till noon that I shot my first German', Clyde said.

Things happened so fast that he can't remember just what he did hour by hour. But he remembers the free haircut he got from a Polish soldier they captured. He had been a barber on civvy street [a euphemism for "as a civilian") and seemed glad to get out of it and gave us all free haircuts.

Clyde remembers, "the roughest fight we had was taking a strongly fortified hill. The Germans held it and it took 8 days to capture it under machine gun and mortar fire all the time. After the battle we were sent to a rest area."

(Madison Press, August 28, 1944)

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