World War II veterans wonders how he survived

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 02:53 PM.

During his 14 months overseas, Kellum would fight his way through France and eventually found himself in the Battle of the Bulge.

“It was so cold and so foggy, you couldn’t see your hand in front of you,” Kellum said. “It was the coldest winter I’d ever seen. It was absolute hell. A lot of young people died. They captured some men too. The air was so full of planes. All I can tell you is it’s something nobody should ever want to be part of.”

After he was shot in the hip he was shipped to a hospital in Paris where he “got healed up and shipped back out.”

“The last battle I was in was at the Rhine River,” Kellum said. “After we got done, we were given the option to go to the Pacific being that the war was over for us. I said no and they put me straight on a Navy ship to go home. I was discharged as soon as my feet hit Fort Bragg.”

His discharge made him extremely happy, he said.

“Nobody wins at war,” Kellum said. “We thought we did but we didn’t. We killed a lot of people. We destroyed so much before we left. Too many mistakes were made.”

Looking back on his enlisted days now, Kellum said that in war you can’t appease the enemy.

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