Roger Holloway, 89, credits Bible with getting him through Battle of Bulge & horrible crash

9 Lives of WWII Vet: Shares Story Of New Threat Survived (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Jeff Neumeyer
By Eric Dutkiewicz


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May 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Have you ever felt like you've had the help of a guardian angel?

One World War II veteran, who lived through scary moments overseas, now can share stories about surviving a more recent brush with death.

We’re talking about 89-year old Roger Holloway, who had an old friend by his side when the bullets were flying in Europe 70 years ago.

It’s the same friend he credits with providing protection on a scary night a month ago, where he was hurt and all alone.

Roger Holloway knows a little something about being a survivor.

Holloway served in the 87th Infantry Division from 1942 to 1945, fighting in the famous Battle of the Bulge. Holloway and his fellow soldiers tried to avoid death everyday.

"In the crater, there's a guy standing there with a mine detector," Holloway says. "He looked at me, and he says, 'Roger?!' And, I said, 'Dale?!' It was my buddy I played tuba with in the high school band back at Michigan City. Small world."

Roger Holloway Remembers World War II

Bombs burst around him for three years, but he escaped unharmed. Holloway attributes that to a pocket-sized Bible that he carried throughout his deployment.

On April 10 of this year, Holloway was driving from Michigan City, Ind., to his son's home in Fort Wayne when he crashed near Schwartz & Parrent Roads in eastern Allen County.

Roger was slated to be a guest on an Access Fort Wayne television program, where he would talk about his war experiences.

But in the downpour that evening, Roger's car would leave the road way, flip and come to rest between two trees, Steve says.

He suffered a spinal injury, left trapped inside the car and had no cell phone to call for help.

"I laid there all night from about 6:30 in the evening until 6:30 in the morning," Roger says. "Nobody came by; no cars."

After the 12-hour ordeal, a man dropping a sick child off at the babysitter's saw Roger's car, and called for help.

A Fort Wayne police officer investigating the original missing person's report placed by Steve Holloway was patrolling the area, heard Roger's license plate number over the police radio and went to the scene.

Roger Holloway had prepared a case of his medals to show as part of his war stories interview. During the crash, the case was shattered, and the medals scattered throughout the car.

But family members and friends who helped gather Roger's belongings from the car found the medals and the small Bible credited with protecting him at the Battle of the Bulge.

When Steve Holloway made one final inspection of the damaged vehicle, he dug out Roger's most important medal of all: the Bronze Star earned during World War II.

Could it have been another appearance by Holloway’s guardian angel?

"He always tells me, 'Steve, there were no atheists in a fox hole!'," Steve remembers. "Everybody prayed. And that's what he did in that car that night. He prayed when he was sitting in that car. I think the Lord helped him through."

Steve Holloway On Roger Holloway's Crash

Now, the elder Holloway is rehabbing from spinal surgery while regaining his strength and his appreciation for divine intervention in an old soldier's life.

He says he never feared he would die at the crash scene. Both Roger and Steve believe God has something left for him to do here on Earth.

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