I’m rewatching All the President’s Men (for the umpteenth time) and in my usual movie-watching mode, I’m pausing every 5 minutes to look stuff up on Wikipedia. Fans of the book/movie/conspiracy will find this little tidbit amazing:
During World War II, on December 29, 1944, Dardis was a gunner with the 468th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in General George Patton’s Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge. After twelve hours, Dardis’s crew and that of another half-track had shot down four German aircraft with 37-mm cannons and .50 caliber machine guns, while pinned down by aerial bombing and artillery and small arms fire along the Arlon-Bastogne road, for which the other crew were awarded Silver Stars. He and his comrades also rescued downed pilot Kenneth H. Dahlberg behind enemy lines; Dahlberg almost shot Dardis before the airman realized he was friendly. Their paths would cross again many years later.