Crestview World War II vet recalls war stories, innovations (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM.

His memories of World War II in Germany, including the time his sergeant saved his life, are still vivid.

Oneby was relaxing in the back of the radio repair van soon after his unit arrived in Germany in 1944. German gunfire set alight the gasoline tank wagon his vehicle was pulling.

"The only exit was out the back through the gasoline flames," Oneby said. "It was a giant Bunson burner from top to bottom. I heard my sergeant's voice, 'Stay in there, Oneby! That's an order!'"

Tech. Sgt. Frank Gregorin unhitched the tank wagon, which threatened to explode at any moment, and pushed it over a hill just before it blew sky high.

"He would accept nothing from me except a haircut” in gratitude, Oneby said.

Another time, he and a fellow radio technician were sent into the German town of Kolmar to repair a broken radio truck. In the confusion of a snowy day, the soldiers drove right through the town  — and into the middle of a raging battle.

Zigzagging their way back through the gunfire, they found a bunker occupied by Americans. Oneby and his friend tumbled into safety.



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