V is for Victory. After the armistice was signed, dad went to Hersfeld, Germany, in Headquarters Company, where he served as a clerk, and was promoted to Corporal. He truly felt his life had been spared due to divine intervention. One time during the war he walked right into a trip wire attached to an anti-personnel mine which was designed to pop up five feet above the ground and kill anyone within 20 feet. He thought, “How stupid, now I’m dead.” But nothing happened, and he was very happy to still be alive. Another time a shell landed very close to him, but didn’t explode. When asked what the hardest goal to achieve in his life was, he said, “To get out of the war in one piece.” When asked what the hardest transition was, he said, “To change from a peace loving schoolboy, to a kill or be killed machine gunner in Germany."