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Joe Medicine Crow: Wrestling a German
Hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier had a surprise ending.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"Well, quickly, we hit a German town and I was assigned to take the back alley and come behind the Germans who were in the main street. So I did, I ran up there and I saw an opening there, a gate in a wall there. So I ran up there and the German soldier was running there. We bumped heads, helmets, so I saw in my rifle and I just knocked his rifle off his hands where he was standing. All I had to do was pull the trigger. But, for some reason, I put my gun down and tore into him. Then we had it out. He had me down, but I turned him over and grabbed him by the throat, you know. I was raised to kill him. Then, his last words were, 'Mama, mama.' When he said that bad word, 'Mama.' It opened my ears. I let him go."