Last sight of Leyte


Pacific Paratrooper

Manarawat, Leyte - supplies Manarawat, Leyte – supplies
Manarawat, Leyte Manarawat, Leyte Dulag, Leyte Dulag, Leyte Gen. Swing & staff at Manarawat, Leyte Gen. Swing & staff at Manarawat, Leyte

My father swore that this incident occurred, but on which island, I can not say. Although Smitty already felt great respect for his commander, General Swing, he developed even more after witnessing this event: “A bunch of us were hunkered down due to the resistance we suddenly encountered. Everyone dove for cover and tried to figure out where the bullets were coming from except one guy still standing and looking around. (The general did not have his insignia on his uniform.) One G.I. yelled out, ‘Get down you f–kin’ jerk! You want your head blown off?’ I looked over and saw it was the old man himself and thought jeez is that soldier ever going to get reamed when we get back. But, the general got down and nothing was ever said about it.”

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