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1711) Mike Peterson 
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 01:06 Send E-mail

My Uncle, Jim Cacioppo, was an M5 tank driver in the 11th Armored Div. and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He was originally from Iowa but after the war he became an electrical engineer with NASA for 33 years at Langly Field outside of Newport News, VA. He was able to go to the reunion in Bastone and spoke with the girl from the home they were bivwaked with in 1944. The girl remember the group and was very greatful for their presence in 1944. His one story of the Bulge was being next to a Tiger with the M5's one track blown off. Only being able to do circles around the Tiger and his barrel trying to catch the M5, they were doomed until a GI ran up with a grenade and dropped it down the hatch of the Tiger. They were never able to thank the GI that saved their lives.

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