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My Friend Russ Is Alive Today Because of a Drunk Driver in WWII

November 8, 2011

In an earlier post, I explained how I wouldn’t be here today if not for the death of my great-grandfather’s wife. My good friend Russ Blixt has a similar story, which I am privileged to share below.

Russ Blixt

As a supply officer in WWII, my dad was provided with his own jeep and a driver. He oversaw twenty trucks that brought ammunition, food or gasoline to the front lines and brought back either wounded soldiers or prisoners of war.

In my early twenties, I accompanied my dad to one of his 305th Tank Battalion reunions, which was essentially a chance for them to sit around, get drunk and tell war stories. I cornered a couple of his buddies and asked, “What do you remember about my dad?” They said, “Oh, Klink?” I said, “What? His nickname is Klink?” They said, “Yeah, your old man was always carrying (more…)