MEN AT WAR: First in at Saint-L

The Virginia major's gallantry was almost a legend to men of the 29th Infantry Division. On D-day he had whisked across the beach ahead of his men, alone had silenced a machine gun. At La Madeleine he and his men had fought their way to a surrounded battalion, then had found themselves surrounded. Together the two battalions stood off the Germans for 36 bitter hours, finally broke out toward Saint-Lô.

The Virginian set off with an advance patrol. He called back: "You'll see me in Saint-Lô." Through all the fighting he had said his outfit would...

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