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Red Ball Express

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Charles McAdams of Asheville served the front lines in a different way – behind the wheel of a truck, ferrying much needed supplies to the fast moving infantry that moved across France after the invasion of Normandy. The Red Ball Express, in which McAdams served, was dangerous duty. A round trip to and from the front could take up to 54 hours and convoys were often targeted. McAdams still recalls Bed Check Charlie – the terrifying night attacks by the Luftwaffe, targeting troops and supplies. It was horrible, he says, to see fellow soldiers get killed.