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"The ways of the world I knew very little about - boy, I learned 'em overnight there." (Interview)

   Russell Mack Baldwin
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Dr. Russell Baldwin in uniform [detail]
War: World War II, 1939-1946
Branch: Army
Unit: 551st Heavy Pontoon Bridge Battalion
Service Location: Utah Beach, France; Ardennes, Belgium; Holland; Germany; Austria
Highest Rank: Technician Five
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
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Growing up in an idyllic suburb of Cleveland, Russell Baldwin had just opened practice as a licensed optometrist in October 1941 when he was drafted. The army wasn't much interested in his specialty, and he became a member of a bridge building battalion. His unit landed in the second wave after D-Day, when danger was still prevalent. Baldwin survived several close shaves only to be captured by the retreating Germans, who abandoned him after a month. Back home, he found that his parents had rented his bedroom to a college student, and the two eventually shared their own room after they were married.

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