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Revisiting Gouvy, a little Belgian town, by George Merz, 818th MP Co., 8th Corps

George Merz

George Merz

I left for Europe from Boston two days after my 19th birthday on February 25, 1944. We set sail off the coast of New England and my young mind raced with manifestations of the old world waiting for …

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A Warm Welcome with Shining Light, by Robert E. Gorman, 141 AAA Gun Bn

I am a World War II Army veteran who served in Europe from the Cherbourg peninsula beach landing near Saint-Lo France, to the Battle of the Bulge.

So to get to my story: our artillery training in Fort Bliss, Texas …

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Repeating my April 1945 POW March in April 2016

by Robert Thompson, 2nd ID (“Indianheads”)

ThompsonWho else remembers the great April 1945 POW March from Nuremberg to Stalag VII-A Moosburg? It’s strange how ex-POWs can have sharply different views about the same wartime experience. For me the 100 mile …

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“Abandon Post” – Roger Boas, 4th AD

Roger Boas, 4th Armored Division, 94th Field Artillery, Headquarters Battalion

Roger Boas, 4th Armored Division, 94th Field Artillery, Headquarters Battalion

VBOB Member Roger Boas has a new book entitled Battle Rattle: A Last Memoir of World War II. The following is an excerpt from his book. Read more about him …

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V-Mail from Nick Villas, 285th Combat Engineers

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285th Combat Engineers, Nick Zillas

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TWO CHANCE ENCOUNTERS – IN 1945 AND IN 1992, Nick Zillas, 285th CEB

Nicholas Zillas. 285th CEB, Company A

Nicholas Zillas. 285th CEB, Company A

Nick Zillas, 285th Combat Engineers, Company A tells of this fortunate meeting in 1945 and its surprising climax at the Nashville Reunion in 1992:

On 16 Feb 45, the Third Platoon of Company A …

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My Military Service, V. L. Auld, 84th ID

V. L. AULD
TIMELINE OF MILITARY SERVICE
IN THE U. S. ARMY
August 1942 to August 1974

Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Enlisted in U.S. Army in August 1942 and spent 17 weeks in basic training at the Field Artillery Training Center. …

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PFC Wilmer H. Gretzinger, US Army WWII

When my father returned from WW II, he spoke very little about his experiences. Consequently, I knew almost nothing about his service. After his death, I contacted the military National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis; however, I was advised …

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809th Field Artillery Battalion by Joseph N. Santopetro

The 809th Field Artillery Battalion was activated and assigned to General George Patton’s 3rd Army. I, Joseph Santropetro, was a PFC serving from July 24r 1943 to February 28r 1946; and was attached to the following units. I …

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109th Evacuation Hospital in the Bulge, Howard Klitgaard

Howard Klitgaard

Howard Klitgaard

The 109th was not a combat unit but it certainly had its rough times as it was near the front most of the War. I should mention that it had 39 officers of which about half were …

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I was drafted-Joe Laux, 106th ID

Joe Laux, 106th ID

Joe Laux, 106th ID

I was drafted, trained, supplied, unloaded, then waded ashore at La Harve, France. We walked a few days through rain and snow, into the Ardennes Mountains. The small town of St. Vith was about five miles …

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My Father’s Belgian Story, Angela Fazio, Associate

On September 8, 2002, my father passed away. He was 85 years old, but forever young at heart. My father was the finest person I have ever known. The first man I ever fell in love with, and still the …

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Normandy in June 1944, Jerry Baszner, 130th Field Hospital

Jerry remembered that while flying towards Utah Beach in Normandy in the very early hours of 6 June 1944, he saw two paratroopers at the door of his plane being sucked out of the plane by the deflagration caused by …

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The Bulge, Minot Richardson, 26 ID

LAKELAND | Seventy years ago today, 200,000 German soldiers and 1,000 tanks went across a 75-mile stretch of land in Belgium, Luxemburg and France, catching off guard four divisions of the U.S. Army.
by Bill Rufty, The Ledger
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