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  • "But the kids would learn the language, learn our language quicker.

  • Because they could cuss up a storm after a little bit in English."

  • JOE SCHAEFER HAS THE KIND OF SMILE THAT WHEN YOU SEE IT

  • YOU FEEL THE CORNERS OF YOUR OWN MOUTH TURNING UP

  • MR SCHAEFER IS A WWII VETERAN

  • HE SERVED WITH THE 92ND FIELD ARTILLERY

  • AND SECOND ARMORED DIVISION

  • THIS FORMER DOOR TO DOOR PRODUCE SALESMEN

  • PUNCTUATES THE END OF A SENTENCE WITH A GIGGLE

  • "And rolled into Berlin on the Autobahn."

  • WHEN HE TELLS THE STORY OF HOW HE SPRAINED HIS ANKLE

  • JUST WEEKS BEFORE D-DAY

  • "All of our equipment was bein loaded up

  • and was in a softball game runnin and I got a hit

  • and was runnin to first base and hit a little hole or something.

  • And uhh tore a ligament in my ankle."

  • A BAD ANKLE TEAR REQUIRED A CAST

  • AND WHILE THIS 22 YEAR OLD BEGGED TO GO

  • DOCTORS KEPT HIM AWAY FROM THE BATTLE FIELD FOR TWO MONTHS

  • SO IN AN ODD TURN OF EVENTS

  • A POP FLY

  • AND AN ANKLE CAST

  • KEPT HIM FROM STORMING THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY

  • AND MIGHT HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE

  • "It wasn't a short time that all these paratroopers

  • were coming back that had landed ahead of the invasion.

  • They were coming back with all limbs, with

  • casts on and everything.

  • So they'd ask me, "What happened to you?"

  • and I'd say, "I don't wanna talk about it".

  • MR SCHAEFER FOUND A WAY TO FIND HUMOR IN HIS SERVICE

  • DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

  • THEN CORPORAL SCHAEFER DROVE WHATS CALLED A HALF TRACK

  • "It's just a personnel carrier.

  • It's got armor around. It has four wheel drive and everything.

  • You could really go anywhere almost with it.

  • MEN TANKS AND VEHICLES ARE LINED UP FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL INSPECTION

  • A VEHICLE HE ONCE PARADED IN THE POTSDAM CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF STALIN CHURCHILL AND TRUMAN

  • MR SCHAEFER CAN NO LONGER SEE THE FACES ON THESE PICTURES

  • LEGALLY BLIND FROM MACULAR DEGEREATION VIEWING OLD PHOTOS IS DIFFICULT

  • EVEN WITH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

  • "We lived in Berkeley after we got married"

  • DESPITE HIS DISABILITY THIS SMILING SOLDIER STILL FINDS

  • JOY IN PHOTOS FROM ENGLAND AFRICA AND GERMANY

  • "Three one forty four. I'll be darned."

  • BUT THERE IS ONE MEMORY THAT WIPES A SMILE FROM EVEN HIS FACE

  • "He's killed in uhh in Europe.

  • He was younger than me 'n uhh he had just gotten in, and they sent him over there.

  • He was killed on May the 4th of forty five.

  • Which was four days before the war ended."

  • PAUL SCHAEFER WAS 22.

  • HE NEVER MADE IT HOME FROM THE WAR BUT MEMORIES

  • STILL BRING A FAMILIAR EXPRESSION TO JOES FACE

  • PAUL SERVED HIS COUNTRY AND NOW PERHAPS HIS BROTHER

  • GETS TO CARRY HIS SMILE

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"But the kids would learn the language, learn our language quicker.

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Joe Schaefer World War II Veteran Shares His Story With Veterans United

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    阿多賓   posted on 2013/11/12
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