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"We moved past the prisoner cage and saw six to eight German prisoners there. They looked to be very young kids, sixteen or seventeen years old, and very scared as what the day would bring. We weren't very calm about our prospects, either." (Memoir, page 7)

   James H. Langford
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James Langford, 2002
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: Company I, 3rd Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Service Location: United States; Europe
Rank: Sergeant
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In December 1944, at the tender age of 19, James Langford was a married man with a young daughter, but he was far from home, serving as a rifleman in post D-Day Europe. His descriptions in his memoir and interview of the Battle of the Bulge are vivid, horrifying and even amusing, as when he describes the antics of his company's two "goof-offs," too lazy to dig the deep foxholes they would need---until an artillery barrage spurred them into action.

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»Memoir: "Fifth Hole From The End, One Soldier's Story of the Battle of the Bulge" by James Henry Langford
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