Hello, For a while now I've been approached by an old Dutch veteran who's been telling a story I found strange. During WWII he fled the Netherlands because his father, a resistance man was arrested. Dad spent three years in several Nazi Konzentrationslagers. His son fled through Belgium, France and Spain and ended up, as so many did, in the UK. There he wanted to become part of the Dutch Princess Irene Brigade. A British formation made up entirely of Dutchmen. But he was too young. Somehow he ended up in Scotland being trained by the USN or USMC, later he was trained in Camp Lejeune and in San Diego. So far this is not an unheard of story. Through my father, a Marine, I heard more stories like this. Here comes the strange part: Our veteran became a tank commander and took part in the landings in North Africa, the following campaigns and also landed on Sicily. During these last landings he was wounded on the beach and evacuated to Gibraltar and later London. After his recovery he was attached to a US Army unit in the 3rd Army with which he finished the war in Germany. He says this is because the US was losing tank crews fast and all trained personnel were needed, no matter what unit they were from. I find this strange. Did the USMC take part in any European or North African campaigns? And with tanks? Did US Marine personnel become attached to US Army units? How much of this can I believe? I'm not Walt hunting. My neighbour is far too sympathetic for that. He did do something during the war, but over 60 years of polishing up old stories can have clouded his memory beyond recovery! 14 years of storytelling has made some my own memories pretty impressive so far, who knows what four times as much will do! Thanks, Kaye.