-for Cornelius Ryan 3 -
Your name Bernard J. Morecock Jr.
In times of great crisis, people generally show either great ingenuity or self-reliance; others do incredibly stupid things. Do you remember any examples of either?
Col Mullins showed great ingenuity, by him being an artillery commander, he
took charge of an infantry squard or more and kept them moving across the beach.
In doing so he was continuously wounded, but not giving up until killed.
Stupid things run very high. We all had to learn the hard way. Getting under trees
were dangerous. Shells that could go over your head if out in the open, would
hit the trees and exploed, killing who might be under the tree.
Conjestion on cross roads, [inserted] 'was another, '[end inserted] digging fox holes with 1/2 block of TNT, that'usually
caused a large puff of blach smoke. The germans would think that they had hit
something inportant and would throw in everything they had, which [crossed out] ment [end crossed out] meant that
some [crossed out] would [end crossed out] one would get killed or wounded. The old saying was; "You are not going
to die until your time comes". that was a mistake. If you are told to protect yourself
and [inserted] you [end inserted] think that [crossed out] the book wiht it [end crossed out] " I'm not going to die until my time comess" is
another mistake on ones part.
Where were you ar midnight on June 5, 1944?
Appr. four miles off the coast of France.
Where were you at midnight on June 6, 1944?
Dug in on the side of the cliff which was appr. 200yrs inland from the beach.
Do you know of anybody else who landed within those 24 hours (midnight
June 5 to midnight June 6) as infantry, glider or airborne troops, or
who took part in the air and sea operations, whom we should write to?
I have a very close friend, who was just ahead of Col Thornton Mullins
before the Col. was killed.
[marginalia] Write Wicker [end marginalia]
His name and address are as followa; Mr Frank Wicker, 110 North Blvd,
Richmond, Va. He had his leg blown off 6 June or the 7th. I got in touch
with him, and he said that he would be glad to give all information that he
knows. He also stated that he kneew some other fellows that had more information
PLEASE LET US HAVE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT WE CAN
INCLUDE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE BOOK. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE YOUR
STORY ON SEPERATE SHEETS IF WE HAVE NOT LEFT SUFFICIENT ROOM. FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN IN A CHAPTER CALLED "WHERE ARE THEY NOW;
YOUR NAME AND VOCATION OR OCCUPATION WILL BE LISTED.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
PS. About my wife;
I went to Bomb disposal school in Bristol
England. The Sgt that [crossed out] I [crossed out] has [end crossed out] had as [end crossed out] [inserted] was [end inserted] my room
mate, came from Calloway, Va. He would receive letters from [crossed out] this my wife whom I did not know [end crossed out] his
[crossed out] at the time, and never did at that time. [end crossed out]
sweetheart of school days.
I would say to him, "Al! let me read your letters,
Frances Ward 4/30/58
Research, The Reader's Digest
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