07 Jan '18, 5pm

WWII vet learned that duty can outweigh orders:

WWII vet learned that duty can outweigh orders:

(Tribune News Service) — More than 70 years ago, U.S. Army Pvt. Henry Bretton disobeyed orders while serving in Germany during World War II. His decision earned him a Bronze Star. Born Hans-Heinz Bismark in 1916 in Berlin, Albuquerque resident Bretton emigrated to the United States in 1938. Before he left Germany, he was in danger of being sent to a "re-education camp" since he had traveled abroad to more than five countries without government permission, which was prohibited in Nazi Germany, he said. In 1943, he ended up back in his home country, this time to fight against it. "Think of the American Civil War," he said at his residence at Montebello Retirement Home in Albuquerque. "Then you know how I felt." Bretton, now 101, was a valuable member of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), because he spoke fluent German and was familiar with the culture. MIS was comprise...

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