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  • June 11, 1944. Matt Urban is with  the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry,  


  • close to the wartorn beaches of NormandyFrance. The Germans are throwing everything  


  • they've got at the Americans. It's chaos, and in  the melee a soldier carrying a bazooka goes down.  


  • Urban, who's no stranger to being on the  losing end of a battle, picks up the bazooka  


  • and walks towards the advancing German tanks. His  men can only look on in awe as they watch him walk  


  • through the smoke towards those giant machinesHe takes two of them out, but is soon hit in the  

    穿過煙霧,走向那些巨大的機器。 他幹掉了其中的兩個,但很快就被擊中了。

  • leg by shrapnel. Unfazed, he directs orders from  a stretcher, moving his men towards the action.  


  • His motto: You never turn away from a fight. He would do this kind of thing time and again,  


  • walk right into the line of fire, his gun blazinghis own blood staining his military fatigues.  


  • He suffered tremendously for his braverybut he almost single-handedly won battles,  


  • and he saved countless soldiers' lives. Urban was possibly one of the most  


  • courageous soldiers the U.S. has ever  produced. He wasn't only insanely valiant,  


  • he was also a brilliant tactician. He could have died; he should have died  


  • on numerous occasions, but there's a reason he got  the nicknameThe Ghost.” He was unstoppable and  

    在許多場合,但有一個原因,他得到了 "幽靈 "的綽號。他是不可阻擋的

  • he could seemingly defy death. Time and again  he took out the enemy and somehow evaded being  


  • killed himself. That's why he became one of the  most decorated American soldiers of all time:  


  • The Medal of Honor. Seven Purple Hearts. Silver  Stars. The French Croix de Guerre. The American  


  • Campaign Medal, and others. This is his story


  • Born on August 25, 1919, Urban was brought  up on the tough streets of Buffalo,  


  • New York. His family were regular blue-collar  workers. There wasn't much cash to go around,  


  • but coming from a humble background no doubt  set this person up to become the man he became


  • In high school he succeeded in most sports  and was a very proficient boxer. In 1937,  


  • he enrolled at Cornell University to study  history. While there he joined the Reserve  


  • Officers Training Corps, competing in  its athletics and boxing competitions


  • His life was about to change forever. The world  was about to change forever. War was on its way


  • November 8, 1942. Urban finds himself under fire  for the first time in his life. He's part of  


  • what's called the invasion of North Africa. He's  fighting at the Battle of Port Lyautey in French  


  • Morocco when something happens to Urban that will  shape him into the fearless soldier he'll become


  • It's a vicious fight, with both sides seeing many  casualties. Some of the American landing boats  


  • don't even make it to the port. At one point Urban  finds himself in the middle of the battle, guns  


  • blazing all around him, smoke filling the airSuddenly he's standing in the midst of the chaos,  

    在他周圍燃燒著,煙霧瀰漫在空氣中。 突然間,他站在了混亂之中。

  • holding the decapitated head of a comrade. He  would later say that it was the shock he felt at  


  • that moment that motivated him to become a heroThe battle is won, and Urban is sent to Tunisia

    那一刻,促使他成為英雄。 戰鬥勝利了,Urban被派往突尼西亞。

  • There he captures a German communications post  almost by himself. He leads his men against the  


  • German army in the Battle of Kasserine PassHis battalion holds off a German counterattack,  

    卡塞林關戰役中的德軍。 他的營隊擋住了德軍的反擊。

  • and Urban is fierce as always. During  the fight his men are on the back foot,  


  • but Urban holds his ground. At one point he  grabs a German soldier and kills him with a  


  • trench knife. He then takes the dead man's pistol  and rushes towards the Germans firing at him


  • All this doesn't come without injuries. Urban  suffers seven different injuries from shrapnel,  


  • but of course he refuses to go back  to the U.S. to receive treatment.  


  • For his bravery he later gets two Silver Stars,  a Bronze Star, and with two Purple Hearts


  • This is just the beginning of this  man's death-defying actions in the army


  • He's then sent to Sicily where he's given an  order to take his unit across a mountainous trail  


  • so they can outflank German troops. 4,000 troops  with their mules make the hazardous journey  


  • and they mount a surprise attack on the  Germans. The enemy has no choice but to retreat.  


  • Sicily is soon liberated and Urban can add  another Silver Star to his growing collection


  • Now we come to France and the beaches  of Normandy. This is when Urban takes  


  • that bazooka and blasts two German tankssaving many lives on the side of the Allies


  • Just a day later, Urban is hit by shrapnel. This  time it's more serious. His men try to convince  


  • him to get help, but as always, the stubborn Urban  says he can go on. 'tis but a scratch, he may or  

    但一如既往 倔強的Urban說他可以繼續下去這只是個小擦傷 他可能會...

  • may not have told his men, but it doesn't matter  anyway because he's hit again not long after.  


  • This time it's even more serious and Urban has no  choice but to go to England and receive treatment


  • So, there he is, lying in a hospital bed in  England when he gets word that his men are not  

    所以,他躺在英國的病床上 當他得到消息說他的人不在了。

  • faring too well in Normandy. What should happen  is Urban follows orders and returns to the U.S.  


  • His leg is in a really bad way. It gives him  constant pain, and he can't walk without a cane


  • This doesn't stop him. He gets forty guys  together and they board a troop carrier and  


  • return to France. Once there he hitchhikes to Utah  Beach where his battalion is. When he arrives,  


  • he finds his men in a difficult position. They're  taking heavy fire and are basically pinned down


  • It's now time for more heroics. Urban is informed that a U.S tank still  


  • has its driver in it. Two soldiers have already  been killed by the Germans after trying to get  


  • to the turret and the 50-caliber machine gunUnder heavy fire, Urban crawls through the mud,  

    到炮塔和50口徑機槍。 在猛烈的火力下,烏爾班在泥濘中爬行。

  • making his way to the tank. Where others have  failed, he succeeds. He gains control of the  


  • tank and orders the driver to head towards the  Germans. Under fire from anti-tank artillery,  


  • Urban and the driver keep pressing ahead. Those who witness this can't believe their eyes.  


  • Here is a man that can hardly walk. A man that  should be in a hospital bed, and he's blasting  


  • his way through German forces like he's both  invisible and invincible. This guy is half-crazy,  


  • say some men, it's as if he has no fear. It's  then that they give him the name, “The Ghost.” 

    有些人說,他好像無所畏懼。於是他們給他起了個名字,叫 "鬼"。

  • The Ghost isn't done yet. He's just starting. After reaching enemy lines in his tank,  


  • Urban's men gain confidence. They pick up their  guns and run toward the Germans. What ensues  


  • is a fight for life, hand-to-hand combat and  bayonet fighting between U.S. and German troops.  


  • Buoyed by the brutal strength of their commanderthe American troops overwhelm the Germans.  


  • The white flag is held up. The enemy is defeated. All this is being watched from a distance.  


  • Second Battalion Commander Max L. Wolf has  been standing at a far-off command post  


  • watching the fight through his binocularsHe can't believe what he's just witnessed.  

    通過他的望遠鏡觀看戰鬥。 他無法相信他剛剛目睹的一切。

  • One man has pretty much led his men to victory in  a battle they looked certain to lose. Wolf soon  


  • recommends Urban for the Medal of Honor, not just  for showing incredible bravery, but for saving the  

    推薦Urban獲得榮譽勳章,不僅僅是因為他表現出了驚人的勇氣,更是因為他拯救了 "小龍女"。

  • lives of a battalion that looked sure to die. This is what was later written about Urban's  


  • actions, and why he was recommended for the Medal: “Urban moved forward, and damned if the U.S. Army  

    行動,以及為什麼推薦他獲得勳章。"Urban向前邁進了一步, 如果美軍有什麼不妥,那就見鬼了

  • didn't move forward also. He bellied up to the  tank and amid heavy gunfire scrambled aboard and  


  • manned the machine gun. The driver took heart  with Urban aboard. The tank roared forward,  


  • and Urban tore the hillside apart with that  gun. The men, once again with 'Urban-itis'  

    和烏爾班用那把槍將山坡撕開。這些人,又一次得了 "城市炎"。

  • scrambled up the rise and gained the objective.” So, does Urban return home, collect his medal and  


  • bask in the warmth of his country's appreciation? Hell no, he fights on,  


  • even with a seriously damaged leg. Around a week later, he gets injured again,  


  • this time by a shell fragment that  just misses his heart. Does he return  

    這一次,由一個炮彈碎片 只是錯過了他的心臟。他是否會回來

  • home when asked? You know the answer to that. His admirer, Wolf, is taken out by the Germans,  


  • so the 24-year old Urban assumes command  of the 2nd battalion. Believe it or not,  


  • he gets wounded yet again by shrapnel, but  he manages to stay with his unit. That unit  

    他再次被彈片擊傷, 但他設法留在他的組織、部門。那支部隊

  • receives the French Croix de Guerre, and now it's  time for Urban to raise hell over in Belgium


  • This is where he really should  dieGod knows how he didn't. 


  • He's fighting against the Germans with his  battalion in a place called Philippeville.  


  • There they've discovered a fairly largewell-equipped German unit. When Urban and his men  


  • finally get the aircraft cover they've requestedthey advance towards the German troops. Not one to  


  • shy away from a fight, Urban runs at the GermansHis objective is to take out a machine gun nest,  

    怯於戰鬥,Urban向德國人跑去。 他的目標是幹掉一個機槍窩。

  • but to do that, he has to get close. Armed with  two grenades he runs towards the emplacement.  


  • His men watch in wonder, and then in horroras their commander takes a bullet to the neck


  • Urban is now lying on the floor, trying to  staunch a river of blood seeping from his neck.  


  • The unused grenades lie at his  side. His life force diminishes


  • Luckily for him, some of his men manage to  drag him through the mud and take him to  


  • a place of safety. There they patch him up as  best they can as bullets rain over their heads


  • A doctor arrives at the scene. He administers  blood to Urban and performs a tracheotomy so  


  • he can breathe. Until then, Urban was gurgling  blood, looking like his days were numbered. He's  


  • in such a bad way that when the chaplain arriveshe's read his last rites. The doctor approves,  


  • saying this man has seen his last fight. But we are talking about a man called The Ghost.  

    說這個人已經見識了他的最後一戰。但我們說的是一個叫 "鬼 "的人。

  • Ghosts don't die easily. Urban knocks on death's door a  


  • few times during his recovery, but in hospital in  France he gets over the worst of it. In England,  


  • he receives more treatment and a man that  looked as good as dead comes back to life


  • And no, he doesn't go home to the U.S. You should  know that by now. Instead, he gets the green light  


  • in Scotland to go back to his battalion. His  men are over the moon to see him because no  

    在蘇格蘭回到他的營部。他的部下見到他都高興得不得了,因為沒有人... ...

  • one thought he could have survived that neck  wound. It's as if they are looking at a ghost


  • There is a slight problem when it comes to leading  his men. He can't actually speak. He asks the  


  • higher ups if he can take a combat assignment and  if he can do that using writing, not speaking.  


  • This is a bridge too far for his Infantry Regiment  commander. He's told he can stay with his men for  


  • a while, but no more big fights. It's time to  hang up your gloves, the commander tells him


  • Urban retired from the military in  1947 to concentrate on sports coaching,  


  • especially boxing. He trained a bunch of young  men and helped them to become national Golden  


  • Gloves Champions. He even trained Cassius Clay for  a while, the man that would become Muhammad Ali,  

    手套冠軍 Gloves Champions.他甚至還訓練過卡西烏斯-克萊 He even trained Cassius Clay for a while, 那個後來成為穆罕默德-阿里的人 the man that would become Muhammad Ali,

  • possibly the greatest fighter that ever livedUrban could talk in those days, but his damaged  

    可能是有史以來最偉大的拳手 Urban在那些日子裡能說會道 但他那受傷的

  • vocal chords gave him quite a raspy voice. The Ghost died in 1995, aged 75. The cause  

    聲帶讓他的聲音相當沙啞。1995年,"鬼子 "去世,享年75歲。原因是

  • of death was a collapsed lung, a consequence  of the injuries he'd received in the war


  • Now you need to watch, “The Insanely  Crazy Story of a Tiny Soldier.” Or,  

    現在,你需要看, "一個小阿兵哥的瘋狂故事"。或者

  • Bazooka Charlie - Pilot Who  Attached A Bazooka To Plane.”


June 11, 1944. Matt Urban is with  the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry,  



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