Here’s How This WWII Vet Fooled 15,000 Nazis Into Surrendering To Just Three U.S. Soldiers

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Born in 1919 in Anderson, South Carolina, and still going strong today, Thomas Moffatt Burriss has lived what you might call a full life. During his time on Earth Burris has been a school teacher, raised four children, founded a successful building company and spent almost 15 years as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

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That list of accomplishments might be more than enough for any one lifetime. But, in fact, Burriss will almost certainly be remembered by posterity for something else entirely: his service with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. It was a service packed with incident, to say the least.

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