By: Jean Bullins
When Pete Comer was drafted into the Army at the age of 18, he could hardly imagine the life‐long journey upon which he was embarking. This journey took him to places in the United States, to Europe, and back to Madison, North Carolina for a remarkable career.
Pete ﬁrst reported for duty at Fort Bragg on June 28, 1945. After the initial processing he traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas and Fort Pickett, Virginia to complete his basic training. The soldiers were transferred between bases by train. He recalled the thick black soot from the train engines that covered their uniforms as it blew through the open windows of the cars.
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