101-year-old Yerington veteran shares memories from World War II

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 11/01/2013 7:37 pm
YERINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A Yerington man has more than a century of stories to tell. He's not only a World War II Army Veteran, but he fought in the deadliest battle of the war.

PFC Lowell Hussey was born July 7, 1912.

Just before he turned 30, he was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. 

"Right after they bombed Pearl Harbor, so 1942," Hussey said.

Hussey started as a medic but was moved to a field artillery unit. He said they took his unit to a rifle range to see if any of them could shoot.

"The sergeant was right in back of me and the captain come walking by and he says 'who's that guy with all them bullseyes,'" he said. "The sergeant says 'that's Hussey right here in front of me.'"

He said the captain took him to an empty range for a little friendly competition and they even swapped guns for a few shots. 

"When he went to give me mine back he says 'your gun's got the trembles,'" Hussey said. "I said 'no, it's not the gun that's trembling. It's you 'cause you can't out-shoot me.'"

In late 1944 Hussey was right in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles in American history. 

"I started in the Battle of the Bulge," he said. "On December 16 we entered the Battle of the Bulge, and I went all through that with the 1st Army."

So do the movies about the war do it justice? Hussey said he doesn't know.

"You're in it, but you ain't looking around too much," he said. "I'll tell you for sure. Just want them bullets to miss you."

Hussey said he was near the Rhine River when he found out the World War II had ended.

"Soon as they told us the war was over we could go home, old boys went out and broke into wine cellars," he said.

Hussey has photos of his years in the service and a book detailing the activities of the 768th Field Artillery Battalion.

Stories he lived.

But he said he doesn't talk about the war much. 

"Sometimes, once in a while, I think about different things and what we went through over there and whatnot," Hussey said.

After all, his three and a half years in the Army are only a small portion of a long lifetime of memories.

"I passed the 101 this past July," he said.

This summer Hussey met the commander of VFW post 8084 in Yerington, and the local leadership decided to sponsor his membership.

At 101 years old, he is likely the oldest veteran ever to join the group.
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