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Floyd Teague battled back from brutal World War II experience

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We didn't know what PTSD -- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome -- was back when Floyd Teague of Waskom, Texas came home from World War II. He somehow survived bloody combat and got his life back together on his own.

Pointing to an old picture of his squad, he says, "They're all dead now except me. I'm the last one."

Teague says he has mixed feelings about being the last living member of the 376th Infantry Company G. They fought on the front lines in Germany nearly 70 years ago.

"I seen a lot of the worst of the worst," Teague says, his eyes welling with tears. "And no 18 year old boy, 19, should have to go through that. You never get over it."

Having grown up on a farm in north central Texas shooting varmints, the Army made Teague a machine gunner.

"We lost 70 percent casualties one day," Teague remembers. "Very cold and deep snow. There's nothing quite as bad as walking into a mine field covered with snow.

"When I guy got killed beside you, why wasn't it you? You never know." Teague says. "I was lucky. I got by."

Surviving combat was just part of Teague's experience. He also saw death and suffering when they reached Dachau Concentration Camp.

"We had 28 boxcars of them (prisoners) frozen to death," he said, pointing to a grim photo of some of the victims. "It was worse than awful. It makes a lasting impression on you."

After the war, Teague came home to Texas and struggled to put the war behind him.

"I said, 'You gotta get over it. It's a thing of the past,'" he remembers telling himself.

He farmed for a couple of years back in Archer County before winding up in Waskom, where he rose to production superintendent for an oil company.

"I have no regrets. I have no regrets of fighting for my country," Teague says, proudly wearing a cap with pins emblematic of some of his honors, including a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge.

"I would do it again if I had to, to have the freedom that we have in this country" he declared.

Teague was wounded during the war and also had to be hospitalized for Hepatitis 'A' from drinking bad water that he says nearly killed him.

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