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recently while recovering from surgery. Stephen Ambrose mentioned multiple times how much the squirrel hunting that Shifty Powers did growing up in VA to help prepare him for wartime. I thought that was interesting. Unfortunately, Sgt. Powers had an unfortunate end to his service. While stattioned in Austria immediately following the German surrender, all the men were anxious to go home. Part of the "points" system that determined who would go home first was for medals. Sgt Powers was one of the few not to win a Purple Heart so he was behind the others. One day, there was a lotter to draw one man, no matter his points, to go home immediately. Powers was talked into entering and ended up getting drawn. On leaving the base, his jeep wrecked forcing him to spend several months in Europe recovering from his wounds. While in the hospital, someone stole all his loot-including several Lugers. Great book if you've never read it. Currahee Mountain near Toccoa, GA is about an hour away from my home.