My Grandfather grew up in poland. when he turned 18 he joined the military. Even though World War 2 ended, Ukrainian rebels were still fighting in 1948. He was an engineer for the polish army, so he mainly stayed at bases far from enemies, however he was deployed once. Polish troops found an enemy landmine and disarmed it, unaware there was a slight amount of gunpowder that was slowly igniting. There was a small explosion, two jeeps were in the radius and one troop got 4 tiny pieces of shrapnel in his left leg. My grandfather was sent with medics and other engineers to repair the jeeps.They stayed for 5 hours, only then did they fix one of the jeeps. My grandfather sat next to the man with shrapnel, now taken out of his knee and loosely bandaged. The medics ran out of adhesive so they could not bind the bandages together. My grandfather used some tape he had left to bind the bandages. After that he took out a cigarette only to realize he left his matches in his base. The man, as a sign of gratitude, gave him his lighter. It was gold, with the Marlboro logo on the side. He kept the lighter with him ever since. 

Place(s): Poland
Year: 1976

– Thomas bajor

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