29 Nov '16, 5pm

Veteran, 95, on his WWII service: 'Somebody up above was watching out for me'

Veteran, 95, on his WWII service: 'Somebody up above was watching out for me'

NORMAL, Ill. — Flipping through photographs and telegrams and handling bits of artillery shrapnel that earned him a Purple Heart, Ralph L. Rossman took time on Thursday to recall his service during World War II. Rossman, 95, of Normal, was 21 years old when the Army drafted him in November 1942. "I served for three years, one month and 23 days," said Rossman, proving his sharp memory. The seventh of eight siblings, Rossman left his home in rural Minonk shortly after his brother was drafted. He completed basic training at Camp Blanding in Florida and was in camps throughout the U.S., including posts in Tennessee, Indiana and Boston. "In February of 1944, I boarded the S.S. Argentina in Boston with 5,000 troops," said Rossman. "We left on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, and landed in Scotland on Washington's birthday, Feb. 22." After a train ride from Scotland to Bognor Regis a...

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