The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Columns

May 19, 2013

Brinduse story full of war and laughter

ANDERSON, Ind. — Every day starts a new story. This one had us both laughing and in solemn reverence.

Maj. Dan Brinduse is a combat veteran of World War II, with two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. If you think that paints the picture of a Rambo warrior you’d be wrong.

A little on the small side, deeply reverent and full of good humor, this truly good man comes off as anything but a combat hero. Yet both sides are true, making Dan Brinduse one of the most interesting men we have interviewed.

Last time I told the story of how we had been able to link Dan’s interview to the inquiries of Fred Bard’s family. Being able to link the family of a fallen hero to the living veteran who held him as he died is like being struck by lightning after winning the lottery. For that alone we are grateful Dan recorded his story, but there is so much more.

I mentioned laughter and I wasn’t kidding. Young Dan Brinduse was painfully shy. He took a job in a shoe store right out of high school. In those days the customer sat in a chair while the salesman knelt before them to measure their feet and fit the shoes on the customer’s foot. Dan could handle the male customers, but the thought of kneeling in front of a woman’s skirt mortified him. He gravitated toward the book work till the manager finally pushed Dan onto the sales floor where he gave Dan his baptism of fire.

Dan was assigned to fit a beautiful woman who was also a well-known prostitute in Anderson. He was beyond nervous and embarrassed, and she insisted on buying shoes that were a size too small. At one point the shoe horn was wedged so tight that he couldn’t get it out. He finally gave it a desperate yank, and I’ll let you guess where the physics of the moment sent his hand and the shoe horn.

Then there were the serious moments. The 44th Division landed on Utah Beach in late August 1944. Within a week, Dan suffered a minor wound, “Welcome to the war.”

On Nov. 16, 1944, Dan’s squad was in a thick forest when an artillery barrage killed 10 of their 11 men. Wounded in the foot and the battle raging, they sent Dan back on his own power for treatment. They also gave him a teenage German prisoner to escort to Battalion HQ. Dan was angry over the loss of all of his friends. The German walked in front. Losing blood and growing weak, Dan raised his weapon and began to squeeze the trigger, knowing that the German would kill him if he fainted. Three times he tried to pull the trigger, three times something stopped him. Dan counts it as a miracle that they made it back to HQ and that he didn’t kill that boy.

If you’re looking for laughter, or honor, look no further than Dan Brinduse’s story.

Don McAllister directs the National Veteran’s Historical Archive. His column appears the second Sunday of each month. He can be reached at nvha01@hotmail.com and www.nvharchive.org.

1
Text Only
Columns
  • OPN - Mootry column mug [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Primus Mootry: There is a poet in each of us April is National Poetry Month. Throughout the country, colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, libraries and various publications have hosted poetry readings or featured unpublished poets.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • underwood mug [Duplicate] Scott Underwood: Nightmares from high school proms past I wore a salmon-colored tuxedo with a cummerbund and tails to my senior prom. I was 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds. A beanpole.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hayden, Maureen mug Maureen Hayden: Judge in gay marriage decision no activist

    When U.S. District Judge Richard Young recently ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriage, opponents of same-sex unions called him an activist judge who was unilaterally trampling the law. The label didn’t resonate with those who know Young well.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd mug [Duplicate] Charo Boyd: Social Security goes green on Earth Day and every day For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services. We, along with those we serve, have saved a lot of paper, shipping costs, and fuel — and cut back on a lot of carbon exhaust and pollution — by going online instead of doing things the old-fashioned, less efficient way.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tim Kean: Can we have a 'A New State of Mind?' I have recently read some great articles about people coming together to make a difference in the lives of children facing food insecurity. The collective effort of a group can provide some much-needed food to kids who may not have a meal when they return home from school or during the weekend.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: County may eliminate Data Processing Board

    Action two weeks ago by the Madison County commissioners to close Data Processing Board meetings to the public might run afoul of the Indiana Open Door law, and a local resident is considering filing a complaint with the Public Access Counselor’s office for a determination.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Timmons, Theresa mug Theresa Timmons: Dinosaurs run amok at mamaw's house I love my new job as a grandparent. It includes playing imaginary tennis with imaginary tennis rackets, making elaborate tents in the living room, and hair-pulling.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stringer, Maleah mug Maleah Stringer: Volunteers needed to spend time with shelter animals Shelters can be extremely stressful places for many animals, particularly those who have been in a loving home. This is why we want people to come into the shelter and spend time with our animals — to help keep them adoptable so that when the right person comes along they are ready.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bailey, Jim mug Jim Bailey: Wages were much less back then, but so were prices If you have any questions about what economists mean by inflation, just look at yesterday’s buying power. Those old western movies talked about wages of $1 a day. That wouldn’t even buy a burger at a fast food joint today by the time sales tax is added in.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clark, Big Joe mug [Duplicate] 'Big Joe' Clark: Understanding the risks within fixed income investments Many retirees associate the concept of taking “risk” with the equity markets. However, as 2013 demonstrated, there is also principal risk in the fixed income arena if an untimely liquidation requires you to sell bonds and generate income.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you plan to attend any of the local Little 500 Festival events in May?

Yes
No
What events?
     View Results