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Honor & Sacrifice Larry Breeze
When the war in Europe came to an end in the spring of 1945, Lawrence Breeze was the only original member left from the ten men in his anti-tank unit that had shipped out of New York harbor the previous October. Two were dead, including one of Breeze's best friends, and the rest had been sent home wounded. In this segment, Breeze recounts the horror of his wartime experiences during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany during the final months of World War II. Breeze survived the war and is a retired professor of European history who taught at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. His story is one of many documented by WSIU as a part of "Honor & Sacrifice: WSIU Remembers World War II", a companion project to the fall 2007 Ken Burns World War II documentary series, The War.