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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

December 11, 2002

Hagerstown resident John E. Boone survived numerous near misses while serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, and when he returned to Hagerstown in 1945, he brought with him the thought that "the Lord was with me all those times - always there with me." On one mission Boone was serving as a tail gunner. As he remembers the flight, he stated, "Over the target area we started getting the anti-aircraft at us. I could see the flak all around, and suddenly one piece came right through the turret at 6 o'clock, followed by another at 7 o'clock, shattering the Plexiglas. I saw the shrapnel pass directly across in front of me, mere inches away. It hit my fatigue hat sitting on one side of me - slit the bill right in two, then hit the ammo belt on my left, setting off six rounds! That was close!"

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- From the Cracker Barrel

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