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"I traded in my walking cane for an M-1 rifle and some hand grenades." (Interview)

   Kenneth T. Delaney
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PFC Delaney, after discharge January 1946
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Service Location: England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; Czechoslovakia
Rank: Sergeant
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"I wasn't really nervous," Kenneth Delaney writes of landing on Omaha Beach, "I was just seasick." As he got off his landing craft, loaded with grenades, maps, a rifle and Bangalore torpedoes (explosive devices for removing barbed wire and other obstacles), Delaney was shot in the foot. As he watched many of the medics being killed, he managed to drag himself to safety and eventually got help. Wounded again that winter, Delaney was released from the hospital just in time to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

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 Memoirs (2 items)
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 Official Documents (3 items)
Company "C" roster, March 31, 1945 Award for Conspicuous Service and letter from Owen Johnson accompanying award, September 19th, 1979. Enlistment records and certificate of Honorable Discharge, December 4, 1945.
 Personal Correspondence (5 items)
V-mail to Irene C. Delaney, 28 December. 1943. V-mail to Mr. and Mrs. Delaney, 31 January. 1944. To "Mom and Dad", dated "April 30"
To "Mom and Dad", June 27, 1945 Just a WAC, V-mail envelope and accompanying explanatory note by Kenneth Delaney. 

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