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  • Two thousand ten. The desert is hot, dusty  and dangerous. 19 year old Glenn Hockton is  

  • several weeks into a 7 month tour of duty  with the Coldstream Guards in Afghanistan.  

  • His main duties are patrolling the dusty terrainand loading mortars. Glenn's platoon is stationed  

  • in the Helmand province in the southwestern  part of the country, a region notorious  

  • for being a Taliban stronghold and also for  producing the world's largest supply of opium

  • One day, Glenn is on patrol when he  feels something brush against his back.  

  • The rosary beads he's wearing around his  neck slip off. He tries to catch the beads,  

  • but they fall to the ground. Glenn bends down to  pick them up and sees a strip of metal poking out  

  • of the dirt at his feet. He carefully brushes away  some of the dust, revealing more metal and wiring

  • His heart skips a beat, his worst fears have  come true. An IED [improvised explosive device]  

  • is buried in the ground inches from his feet. One  step more and he is likely to be maimed or killed

  • Glenn slowly rises until he's upright and calls  for help. For 45 terrifying minutes he stays  

  • in the same position, sweat trickling down his  back, while his fellow soldiers work to defuse  

  • the explosive. Thankfully, they are able to do  so and the entire patrol returns to base safely

  • Glenn is not a religious person. He brought the  rosary to Afghanistan because of a story his  

  • family had told him about his great-grandfatherIncredibly, the exact same rosary had  

  • now saved two generations of his family. Over 65 year ago, Glenn's great-grandfather  

  • JosephSunnyTruman, fought in World War IIserving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  

  • Sunny was captured by the Nazis and held asPOW. As the Nazi retreated after losing battles,  

  • they forced the POWs on long marches to keep  them away from the advancing Allied Forces

  • On one such march, Sunny caught a glimpse  of something glinting in the dirt as he  

  • trudged through a field. Curious, he bent  down to pick it up. Just then, a shell  

  • exploded right in front of Sunny, missing him by  millimeters. Unfortunately, six of his comrades  

  • were instantaneously killed by the blast. If Sunny  had been standing up, he would have died too

  • The object Sunny stopped to pick up? A rosary. This isn't the first time a religious object has  

  • miraculously saved a soldier. Several  soldiers have been saved by Bibles

  • In 1862 during the US Civil War, Private Richard  R. Best of the North Carolina Infantry fought in  

  • the Battle of Antietam, at Sharpsburg, MarylandDuring a ferocious skirmish, a Bible Private Best  

  • had in his pocket stopped a bullet to his chestpreventing a fatal wound. That Bible is on display  

  • at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at  Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia

  • In July of 1915, 17 year old British soldier  Leonard Knight was given a pocket Bible by his  

  • aunt Minnie Yates before he headed off to World  War I. Two years later, Leonard was saved from a  

  • likely fatal gunshot wound when a German bullet  hit the Bible which was in his uniform breast  

  • pocket. The bullet penetrated the hard front cover  and embedded itself about 50 pages from the end of  

  • the book. The Bible is now a treasured memento  of Aunt Minnie's great-great grandchildren.

  • In 1916, 21-year-old British soldier, Private  Frank Viner was stationed on the Western Front  

  • in France. During the Battle of the Somme, he  hunkered down in the trenches. He always kept  

  • his Bible in his right-hand breast pocket. But one  day he had an odd feeling and moved his Bible into  

  • his left-hand pocket. Psalm 91 came to his mind.  “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand  

  • at your right hand, but you will not be harmed.” Soon afterwards, there was an enormous explosion  

  • when a shell hit the trench. Several men were  killed on impact. Frank was blown off his feet.  

  • He ended up on the ground bruised, his  uniform torn, his helmet blown off and his  

  • head ringing--but very much alive. Embedded in his  Bible was a huge piece of shrapnel. It had ripped  

  • the book from cover to cover. If Frank hadn't  been carrying his Bible and hadn't moved it to his  

  • left breast pocket, he surely would have died. Was there divine protection at work in these  

  • incidents? Some would say yes. But  then again, soldiers have been saved  

  • from certain death by many random items. During World War I, Optatius Buyssens  

  • served in the Belgian Army. On September  26th, 1914, he was on a scouting mission  

  • near Lebbeke, Belgium when he ran into trouble. What happened next makes for amazing family lore.  

  • Optatius was spotted by a German soldier. The  soldier shot him in the chest and Optatius fell  

  • to the ground. The German kicked him in the  head--possibly checking to see if Optatius was  

  • still alive. He was smart, he played dead. Laterafter the Germans had moved on, Optatius and a  

  • wounded comrade were able to crawl away to safety. But how did Optatius survive? Six coins. He had  

  • three Belgian francs and three French francs in  his breast pocket. When the German soldier fired,  

  • the bullet ricocheted off the coins, saving  Optatius' life. Ironically, it was the clink  

  • of the coins that alerted the German soldier and  gave away Optatius' position in the first place

  • Another World World I soldier's life was saved due  to a different ordinary item. 22-year-old Corporal  

  • Walter Davis joined the 9th Battalion North  Staffordshire Regiment in 1915. Immediately he  

  • was sent to the Western Front in France and fought  German forces during the Battle of the Somme

  • One day while hunkered down in the  trenches, his platoon came under heavy fire.  

  • A bullet shot at Corporal Davis' chest was  stopped by his 2 inch [5 cm] silver pocket  

  • watch. The pocket watch, the bullet that  hit it and Corporal Davis Small book-diary  

  • issued by the British Army to service men, isunique set of keepsakes that his family treasures.

  • More recently, in 2014 Staff Sgt. Shaun  Frank was on his second tour of duty in  

  • Afghanistan when an unlikely item saved his life. One day, he was on patrol when his team stopped  

  • to help another unit whose vehicle had rolled  over. A teenage suicude bomber approached them  

  • and before anyone could do anything, detonated  a bomb filled with metal balls bearings

  • Frank received several wounds all over his body  including on his legs, arms and thumb. Just about  

  • the only area on James that wasn't hit was his  left front pocket of his pants, where he kept  

  • his iPhone 5. Several bits of shrapnel hit the  phone, including a larger piece which shattered  

  • the screen and left an exit hole in the phone's  aluminum back. Ultimately, the phone protected  

  • major arteries in Shaun's thigh from being hit. Shaun had wanted to keep the phone as a memento,  

  • but at first Apple wouldn't honor his  insurance agreement for a new phone  

  • unless he turned in the old one. Once the public  got wind of the amazing circumstances, they  

  • lobbied Apple on Shaun's behalf and he was allowed  to keep his old phone and still receive a new one

  • So it seems like maybe common objects, including  religious objects soldiers carry, are likely  

  • to be involved with amazing random occurrences  where they might save a soldier's life. However,  

  • Frank Vitner randomly switched which pocket  he carried his Bible in because of a feeling,  

  • and then was reminded of a very specific Bible  verse. Glenn Hockton swears something brushed  

  • or pushed against him, causing the rosary to slip  from his neck. He felt like his great granddad is  

  • a guardian angel, looking down and protecting  him. Who's to say when a miracle occurs?

  • And now that you've reached the end of our  video, why not keep the watch party going?!

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Two thousand ten. The desert is hot, dusty  and dangerous. 19 year old Glenn Hockton is  

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Soldier Saved by His Rosary - Incredible War Survival Story

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/22
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