Freedom Fighters: Gore Kemp - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

9/26/08

Freedom Fighters: Gore Kemp

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Close to three hundred thousand Americans lost thier lives fighting for our country in World War Two. Gore Kemp of Kilgore likes to say he survived "because his mother prayed at just the right times." Kemp was a Combat Engineer with the 258th Battalion in Europe. As a Commander during the Battle of The Bulge, he lost many men and it is still difficult for him to talk about that battle.

Combat Engineers laid land mines, removed land mines, built bridges and fought when necessary. However, even when building bridges they were often under fire. Kemp still remembers the time the Germans shot at him with a tank gun with the huge missle just missaing him. Gore Kemp says war changes everyone who experiences it and he can nrever take the freedoms and privileges of being an American for granted.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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