Fresh out of school at Rosehill in 1943, Morris Durr, then just 18 years old, prepared his first trip out of Mercer County to Alabama and onto the battle-torn Germany.
At the height of World War II in 1943, Durr was drafted as a member of the U.S. Army and bussed to Fort McClellan in Alabama for basic training.
Growing up here, Durr and his family had been farmers their whole life. He was a newlywed trying to get his career started. “I wasn’t farming for myself yet but helping my dad out. I hadn’t been married long,” he said.
Durr said the change to military life was difficult at first. “It was hard. It was something I hadn’t been used to. We had to march 6-7 miles a day. One day we had a 20- mile trip.”
“At basic training, we spent a lot of time out in the field to prepare us. Sometimes you had to pitch up tents out in the field at night to get used to it,” he said.
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