Frequent contributor and Primrose resident, Festus Paul
[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 28th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]
With a six month wait in Northern Ireland leading up to D-day, we participated in a lot of drills and planning. I was a Chaplain’s assistant, responsible for the Chaplain’s transportation and assisting in his frequent services by playing the field organ.
My limited talents did not extend to the maintenance of the Jeep. When the order reached this 19-year-old to “Waterize your Jeep for the invasion of France,” I said, “How?” Well, they talked like I was a mechanic and expected me to get it done.
When we sailed out of Ireland toward France, D-Day was upon us. As for the Jeep, I hoped for the best but expected the worst. Sure enough, when it came time for the massive landing I saw men driving their Jeeps right off of their ships and into the four-foot-deep bay. Everybody was getting to the shore…maybe I could too. With a big splash and a sputter, I was sitting in the ocean but somehow kept moving. It was one of the miracles of D-Day that my Jeep made it to dry land.
Some weeks later when we were moving into Central Germany — at night with no lights — we were part of a large convoy, stopped and waiting. The rain began, and we pulled up the canvas top to keep dry. Meanwhile we dozed off, with half the convoy waiting for us to move and the other half inching around our parked truck. Suddenly, we realized our plight and I got out of the Jeep to follow the tracks that the first half of the convoy had made. That worked fine until we came to an intersection with tracks going each direction. It took an educated guess as to which direction we should go. Fortunately, we made the right decision.
by Festus Paul
Decatur, IL, Primrose
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