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Near Misses..
As a unit, the 475 Military Police Escort Guard Company never heard "a shot fired in  anger."   Nevertheless,  it performed  its  assignments  commendably  at  all  duty stations.  Some  detached  "work details”  came closer to the combat zone than did the company as a whole. 
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One  soldier  of  the 475th MPEG Co.  was awarded a Purple Heart medal  for wounds received 
while  serving  with  another  unit:      PFC Charles L. Berghoff entered  a  hospital  in  the UK with pneumonia.  While he was there,  the 475 MPEG made a trip to the states.  In due time, PFC  Berghoff   recovered   and   was   sent  to  the  infamous Replacement Depot at Litchfield, England.  From there he was assigned to  an MP unit  in France.   While he  was  guarding a captured   ammunition   train,  a  portion  of  it  exploded,  was wounded with a bit of shrapnel  in his foot.    Recovering in the hospital  in  England  he  received  a  Purple  Heart.    He  was “found” by PFC Joseph Santillo and several other members of the  475  who had gone there for dental work.    He rejoined the  475  and returned  to the ZI with it.  (See Kronberg and Kirschner “Guard Gossip” column at the end of Chapter 3.) 
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Our ventures into "harm's way”:
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..........The submarine "scare"   during  our first  crossing of the Atlantic aboard the H.M.S. Eastern Prince in convoy, June 1944:   On the 475th MPEG’s first trip  across  the Atlantic in June ‘44   there  was  at  least  one  submarine  scare,  real  or 
imagined,   that scattered ships and sent theguard  DE’s (destroyer escorts)  scurrying to protect a flank of the convoy.   The German submarine fleet  was pretty much debilitated by then and convoys enjoyed air cover at both ends of the crossing.  By the time of this crossing, the gap of uncovered open sea in the middle was less than 600 miles
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...........The near-capsizing of the L.C.I. #537  landing  the  company  at  Utah Beach on September 11, 1944.  In  the company’s landing from the LCI , the ship was put into a position parallel to the surf.  On one  push  by  a  fairly  good-sized  wave the LCI achieved a list of 55º according to the CO.  The only casualty that I witnessed  occurred to a stack of 78 rpm records.
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...........The excursion behind the "Mines Cleared to Road Side" signs  on  the  march  from Utah Beach. After the 475 MPEG had been collected into  a semblance  of formation  after lugging  full field packs and duffel bags  from the LCI to  the road at  the north end  of  Utah Beach,  it  began  the  march toward   St. Marie du Mont  on  September 11, 1944.   Along  the road were signs proclaiming, “Mines Cleared to Roadside.”     Somehow,  near  the  beginning  of  the march,  the company  strayed  beyond  the roadside. Safety was attained by a quick command of  “To the rear march.” (See Map).
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...........Souvenir-collecting   habits  of  individual  members  of  the  company  which  resulted  in  "live"  ammunition  and  grenades  being  transported  in duffel  bags.    The culmination of this dangerous practice  is  exemplified  by  the  incident  with a rifle grenade  in France  during  September 1944.   The Company’s  bivouac  area  was  across  the road  and  hedgerows from PWE #10 on the hilltop outside Cherbourg  and  offered  fertile  fields  and  woods  for  the  souvenir-hunting  troops.  Later shakedown inspection recovered a number of dangerous bits of live ammunition.  One possible souvenir didn’t make it  into  a  duffel  bag  or  backpack.  Pvt. S****  had  found  a live rifle grenade  and one  evening  was showing it to a group of his buddies  lounging  around  on  the  company  street.   Someone  told  him  to get  rid  of  it.    He  did  so  expeditiously by tossing  it  over the hedgerow  into the neighboring field.  It  exploded near the officers’ latrine, which was unoccupied at the time, fortunately.   
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Footnotes
1.     See Appendix for Commendation order dated 21 January 1945.........................
from Lt. Col. Don Wells...............................................................................
2.    Detail sent to a General Hospital beyond St. Lo to guard POW patients...........
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Typicals
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LANDING CRAFT, INFANTRY (LCI)
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DESTROYER ESCORT (DE)
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