My grandfather was stationed in England before the Battle of Normandy. He had some leave, and family in Ireland (his father was one of a number of brothers and sisters, and most of still resided in Roscommon) so he made it as far as Belfast, but (and this story is...fourth hand, so things get a little tangled here) for some reason he was not allowed to go into the Republic of Ireland (because it was a neutral nation, maybe...there was a reason, but it is rather unimportant), so two cousins came to visit him, and since they all looked alike (I've seen pictures, it is kind of spooky) they simply threw an overcoat on him to cover up his uniform and walked out with him. And he spent the rest of his leave in Ireland.
Ursmajor Ursmajor
2 Responses Jul 13, 2010

It's so fascinating to hear stories like that!

What a great story! :D