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Freedom Fighters: Walter Henry

Walter Henry fought in the early battles of World War Two without getting a scrath. But a land mine on a special mission almost cost him his life.

It was in Tunesia that Henry was sent on a fact gathering mission. There were four people in two jeeps driving in a dry river bed to avoid being shelled by the Germans. Henry's jeep hit an anti tank mine and he was thrown into the air, recieving face and head wounds, a perforated eardrum and fractured right knee. As he was being taken by stretcher to a surgery unit, the carriers stumbled in the heavy rain and Henry was dumped into the mud.

Henry survived his injuries and remained in Tunesia to train troops. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge.

Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com

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