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Hoffman set out with his team and managed to reach the soldier safely. He picked the soldier up, put him on his shoulder, and almost returned safely before stepping on a mine that blew his leg off. Hoffman lay in the minefield four hours before the medics could clear enough mines to get him out. He survived, and so did the soldier who was German.
When he got back to London, Hoffman got a prosthesis and immediately volunteered to serve as a chaplain on an amputation ward in an American military hospital in London. Among his many medals, Hoffman received the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
Prior to service in the war, Hoffman had been assistant pastor at SACRED HEART CHURCH. After the war he returned to LORAS COLLEGE where he taught in the religious department from 1946 to 1964. From his retirement in 1977 until his death, Hoffman assisted religious services at SAINT PATRICK'S CHURCH in Dubuque.