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"He said, 'I just got through surrendering us,' which was a mixed feeling. You're a bit of a young fighter, you know? You hate to lose. I mean, you hate to say, 'I give up and I surrender.' But it was a real relief, because you think, well, I'm still alive, you know? I'm still alive and at least I've got a chance at it." (Audio Interview, 18:14)

   Guy Martin Stephens
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 106th Infantry Division
Service Location: France; Belgium; Luxembourg; Germany
Rank: Private First Class
POW: Yes
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Guy Stephens survived the Battle of the Bulge, but not in the way he would have wished. On the fourth day of the German offensive, December 19, he was captured and placed in a POW camp. Conditions there were bleak; toward the end of the war, the Germans cut back on rations and did not deliver Red Cross parcels to many of their prisoners. Stephens' memories of those first confusing and frightening days of the battle were still vivid nearly sixty years later when he was interviewed for the Veterans History Project.

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