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The Brit’s ring

I was stationed in Plymouth, England, on a repair base after the the Omaha Beach landings (I was there, D-Day, Hour). We worked doing repairs on vessels, and I was assigned to running engines on the base. On VE Day, we got off work and after chow headed into town, and everyone was celebrating to the maximum, civilians and military personnel ( from all branches and countries); it was great, from pub to pub.

Finally late in the evening, a British soldier came up to me on the street and said “Hi, Yank, would you buy me a beer, as I ran out of money, and I will give you this ring that I made out of a shilling.”I woke up the next morning in my bunk with a ring on my left ring finger and didn’t know if I got married or not. Not really, but to this day I still carry the ring on my key ring and think of the day often.



Bill Carpenter

Grass Valley


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