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INDIAN LAND – Jack Shumaker was never one to shirk duty, even when it made little sense.
The Bluefield, W.Va., native had seen a lot since joining the 26th Infantry division attached to Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army.
But sweeping off an almost clean air base runway that December day in 1944 made little sense. Still, orders are orders and obeying them is what soldiers do. So that’s what Shumaker and about 300 more soldiers did, to the best of their ability.
“That booger looked like it was about 2 miles long,” he said.
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