Remembering Bud Moore: NASCAR icon and American hero

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Bud Moore, NASCAR Hall of Famer and WWII hero shares his incredible story.

[MUSIC PLAYING] BUD MOORE: My name is Walter M. "Bud" Moore. I was named after my father, and his name was the same, except everybody knows me as Bud Moore.

Got out of high school on June the 1st or June the 2nd and the next day I had my draft papers. I was in army full-time in August in 1943, and it took take 13 weeks basic training. They shipped us out of there, and we got on this big liberty ship.

They told us we were gonna start getting-- make an amphibious landing on an English coast, and we was going to practice. And they pulled this map down and said this is what's gonna happen. And that's when he started briefing us about D-Day landing. We got out there and we moved out, and we saw nothing but ships. There were just hundreds and hundreds of them. Just all you could see.

And we knew then that it wasn't no doggone dry run. They were just fooling us a little bit on that part. In the morning, they started blasting the coast with all them 16-inchers and all this kind of stuff. I'm telling you, they tore that French coast up. It was something else. And we said, boy, this will be a piece of cake. Ain't going to be nobody alive over there. How wrong we were.

Once that landing craft goes in, the front end goes down and it hits the water at the beach, all I could see-- just barely what I could see --was the coast. And I went straight across there, the best I could, got on the other side, and sat down behind a sand dune. But that was something else. I don't want to go through that again.

These planes started coming, we kept looking up at them and all this. The 82nd, 101st Airborne landed right in front of us. We said, boy that looks good. That's our guys. It really made us feel good it wasn't the German aircraft.

When we did hit the beach over there, we were in the Third Army with General Patton. And one thing about Patton, he was determined to go and what he did and how he did it. Especially I can remember one time, we took this German town, we took it three times, and the Germans would take it back. Patton said, we gonna take this town and better a damn sight not give it up. Because we mean to keep it this time. And we kept it too.

I have five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. I got discharged on November 15, 1945. I'm thankful that all the guys that lost their lives in World War II that I was with