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who sat with his feet propped up on the desk as he greeted me. 'Where I come from, a gen- tleman stands up when a lady walks in,' I protested in German. The red-headed soldier translated my German to English, and his captain instantly offered me a job as a transla- tor from Russian to German," recounts Larisa of her fortuitous introduction to William (Bill) McCue. Poised for Adventure and Falling in Love In another positive turn of events, Mr. Nüttgens returned home two days after Larisa's chance encounter with Bill. Mr. Nüttgens encouraged Larisa to take the job with the American resettlement office, con- vinced that it would facilitate her safe return to Rostov, but Larisa never returned to live in Russia. In a little over two months, she and Bill, an observant Catholic, fell in love and were married. On May 8, 1945 — Victory in Europe Day — marking the surrender of Nazi Germany, McCue's 774th Tank Destroyer Battalion of the US 3rd Army, commanded by US Major General George Patton Jr., was sent to Czechoslovakia for rest and relaxation. Larisa recounts her clandestine journey with Bill's unit, "Bill and I couldn't marry in Germany, as it was an enemy country, so his unit (unbeknownst to the military higher-ups except for Bill's captain) camouflaged me in an American uniform and smuggled me into Czechoslovakia in their tank so we could marry there." Finding a priest to marry Larisa and Bill proved a challenge. Despite many obstacles, they returned to Germany as husband and wife. Bill's next military assignment was in Japan, but as his unit prepared to leave for Asia, the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan surrendered, effectively ending WWII. Instead of heading home to the US, Bill remained in Germany with the 26th Infantry Regiment in charge of the Nuremberg trials working as a translator. 63 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e an interview with larisa beresowskaja mccue

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