"I looked over the banister and there was a guy running along shooting people with an AKA 47 with a 50 round magazine," Diffenderfer said.
These ex-military men say a business venture brought them to India: "We went there, we had a great time, had great commercial success," Dennis O'Brien of Greenville said, "but all of the sudden somebody decided to kill us."
That somebody turned out to be Islamic extremists who forced the men to barricade themselves in their hotel rooms where Rich Diffenderfer reached his son in the U.S. by phone.
"He says, "Dad don't go out of your room. These people are killing Americans and Brits. Well on that comforting note I went to the mini bar and had a triple."
These Greenville buddies credit humor with keeping them alive and the courage of /*Mumbai*/ firefighters and the hotel staff. O'Brien said he was rescued on a highrise ladder.
"I missed the ladder and the fireman grabbed my leg pushed it on, grabbed my other leg, pushed it on the ladder and then to prevent me from getting killed by sniper bullets. He literally pushed his body on top of mine."
Those living in Delaware's most affluent neighborhoods can expect to hear from the 2 survivors soon. They're quick to say they'll be asking wealthy friends and supporters to help them raise $1 million to help the firefighters and hotel workers who helped them.