As its George Luz's birthday today, I had to post this photo of George Luz and Babe Heffron in Eindhoven, 18th September, 1944.
Luz is actually carrying Heffron's machine gun and bandoliers. Why? Because a little earlier, Babe had been standing a little too close to a huge department store window when German artillery came in and shattered the glass all over him. He was knocked to the ground and lost consciousness for a few moments. But he got back up and caught up with his unit, deciding not to tell his sergeant what had happened. But Luz (who is even in a different platoon to Babe) is being a true friend and looking after his buddy.
Babe said of his first impressions when meeting Luz "I found the most well liked guy in the company was George Luz, one of the Toccoa guys. He was the company comedian. He could imitate people and he was always telling jokes. Good jokes. Luz was actually funny. He always told me I reminded him of his parish priest. He was a great soldier, all around 100% great American. Serious when he had to be, but he kidded with everyone he liked. He knew who could take a joke and who couldn't"
Also love that Babe's description shows that Luz would always joke with people but never just make fun of them. He really sounds like such an amazing guy whenever you read about him. ♠♠
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