84-Year-Old Man Recalls World War II Battles

Submitted by: timbo557 7 years ago in Misc
http://www.galesburg.com/news/x1025062431/Retired-railroad-man-Howard-Benthine-recalls-World-War-II-battles

And now he"d battling cancer. You know that stuff you read in history books? It"s nothing compared to this man"s life.
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Male 3,915
so sad about the cancer...at least he was a badass about it...
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Female 41
holy drat. this guy is amazing.
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Male 108
Seastone: And that doesn`t ring any bells? :P
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Female 612
He was married on a Friday the 13th in Las Vegas for the unlucky sum of $13, and they`re still married six decades later. Wow.
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Male 9,306
Why is everyone so thrilled over rivers of bodies and neck snapping? O_o;
This stuff really happened, it wasn`t a movie.
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Female 3,828
woah crazy. how he said he snapped the guys neck, not shot him...
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Male 122
Epic that man will kick cancers butt if he has anything to say about it.
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Male 180
“The damn Japs couldn’t kill me. This cancer won’t either,” he said. so epic
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Male 418
"The river was only a foot deep and about 100 or 125 feet wide. You could across the river on dead Japs when it was all over and not even get your feet wet"

epic

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Female 4,447
I *knew* I`d seen this in my paper this morning. Great story, excellent write up.
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Male 1,351
Moving stuff, really. And there were many more stories which never really surfaced, because people didn`t take the time to listen. We, as the US, don`t really grasp what a veteran deserves, and we still don`t. Just another thing we need to change I guess.
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Male 81
what makes stories like this guys and other WW2 veterans so fascinating, is the fact that we will never see a war fought in the manner that WW2 was.

and by that I mean the strategy they used, for the most part ever battle was done in the same manner, throw thousands of troops at the enemy until you overrun them, look at D-Day, the battle for Stalingrad, the battle for Iwo Jima, in those battles we lost thousands of troops.

where as today, we mostly use strategic air attacks followed by troops going in to clean up, its very rare for our soldiers to see battles like they saw in WW2.

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Male 2,056
so many people don`t understand what war is about and join thinking that it`s aaaallllllll a game
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Male 715
"The damn Japs couldn`t kill me. This cancer won`t either." he said.

Awesome!!

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Male 716
And yet people don`t get that war is bad.

What this guy did makes him a hero, just for surviving it.

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Male 9,306
Sad that he had to experience all of that.
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Male 302
Ah yes, WW2, that`s how my grandpa got the iron cross.
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Female 1,545
As an assignment in my English class, I had to interview my grandparents, who are from this generation. One of the most life-changing assignments I`ve ever completed.
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Male 5,194
>Cancer? He needs to jump down a few posts and grab some stinky stinky weed!

Win!

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Female 70
whoa, i live there!
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Male 54
neck snapping rambo style. great story.
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Female 4,039
@Rick - Agreed - I`m starting a slow clap for you now.
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Male 25,416
Wish it was longer, war stories are very interesting to me!
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Female 159
kinda off topic but not. just brutal. my grandparents lived in austria during ww2. one night the bomb siren went off and my grandpa and his family ran to the bomb shelter. when the bombs came everyone was sitting like they were supposed to but one guy remained standing. the pressure from the bomb made his head explode. can you imagine that?!
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Female 1,401
I respect this man
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Male 4,680
Wow. Just, wow.
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Female 1,677
Meh.
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Male 758
Cancer? He needs to jump down a few posts and grab some stinky stinky weed!
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Male 3,322
People like him should be given free trips overseas to the land of our former enemies. I would love for him to go to Japan today, to see how things have changed there. I would be willing to bet that he would be treated as a hero, and not a villain. The same with Germany and Italy. All three of them were our worst enemies then, and great allies now. He should see the change he helped bring about in these countries, and he should be honored by them for it.
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Male 91
wow. great story. I hope this man wins the lottery and enjoys the final years of his life.
I salute you sir.
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Male 33
“The damn Japs couldn’t kill me. This cancer won’t either,”

What a attitude,

this man is courageous.

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Male 267
Link: 84-Year-Old Man Recalls World War II Battles [Rate Link] - And now he`d battling cancer. You know that stuff you read in history books? It`s nothing compared to this man`s life.
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