Segment 11


A Serbian doctor in the hospital hid Baum. By this point, he had discarded his dog tags because if the Germans had found out out who he was, they might have killed him. The Germans thought Stiller was the commander of the task force because of his rank. The Serbian doctor hid Baum in the hospital. He saw John Waters in the hospital and was able to talk to him. There was a black Captain in the hospital who had been close to Zawada's column and had lost a leg. Baum wanted to console the man, who said he didn't need consolation; he was proud because when he got back to Harlem everyone would know he had been in the war. The black captain had been captured during the Bulge and was from one of the truck units or supply units. He was in the camp for about 11 days before the 14th Armored Division liberated the camp. He thought it was the 7th Army because he heard the artillery. The tank battalion commander was starting to parade the tanks through the camp. Baum and an old West Pointer Lt. Colonel went back to the hospital where Waters was. Patton visited the hospital and spoke with Baum. Patton told him that his unit went east and did not meet much resistance. Patton started to give Baum advice on how to fight tanks. Patton told Baum he was going to have him awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, instead of the Medal of Honor he had previously mentioned. Baum told Patton that he wanted to finish the war with the troops, but Patton told him that was not possible because he could not fight in the same area where he was a prisoner. Baum convinced Patton to let him fight with his men. He had a P-47 [Annotator's Note: Republic p-47 Thunderbolt] pilot pick Baum up in an l-4 Piper cub. He convinced the pilot to take him to a field hospital not far from where they were to pay a visit to a friend. They almost crashed into another plane. The man in the plane was a general that wanted to have Baum court-martialed for an incident earlier in the war. Baum had cursed him out for some ill-advised moves that the General had ordered.


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