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Hobert's story

By AMBER LAWRENCE and ANALISE HEISHMAN Student Correspondents, NCTnews Published: January 11, 2017 12:00 AM
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Hobert William Yazell served in the U.S. Army during World War II under the direction of General George Patton. Yazell and his company journeyed across the Danube River behind enemy lines.

It was pitch black. His unit was informed to follow closely behind the person in front of them. Yazell was the last person in line behind everyone else. As his unit kept moving forward, the man in front of Yazell lost his way from the rest of the group.

As they ventured along, they stumbled upon a small town. They went to the largest building in the town which they had assumed was the city hall. They searched the area for any Germans. They found a German woman who was keeping guard over the building.

They continued searching and found a door with a padlock and women's screams were heard coming from inside the door. They made the German woman in charge unlock the door. Inside were 50-75 women being held captive. The women were elated that they were finally set free.

The women went to search around the concentration camp for food to cook for Yazell and his colleague to share their gratitude.

The women were turned over to the Quartermaster Colonel. Before the meal was done, the Quartermaster Colonel sent Yazell back to rejoin his company that was 5 miles away. Yazell says that he never did see his fellow soldier again after releasing those women.

In 1945, Yazell received the Bronze Star for liberating the concentration camp prisoners. To this day, he believes that it was an angel that led him to the concentration camp to set the captive women free.


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