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He Led A Platoon Of Artists Who Fooled The Germans: 'Imagination Is Unbelievable'

At 104 years old, Gilbert Seltzer remembers his time in a secret Army unit in World War II, helping deceive the enemy with rubber artillery and the recorded sounds of rumbling tanks.
Sarah Seltzer interviews her grandfather, 104-year-old Gilbert Seltzer, in West Orange, N.J., in January for StoryCorps. Source: Afi Yellow-Duke/StoryCorps

After World War II broke out, 26-year-old Gilbert Seltzer enlisted into the Army.

Soon after, he was told he was being put on a secret mission — and an unconventional one at that.

Seltzer, then an architectural draftsman, was selected to lead a platoon of men within a unit dubbed the "Ghost Army." Made up mostly of artists, creatives and engineers, the unit would go

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