While serving with the 4th InfD, 12th Rgt, 2nd BN, Co F, Wayne Brown had many close calls. Wounded several times, including once with shrapnel, Wayne like many wondered why he survived when others did not, until a fellow Bulge Veteran suggested another path.
A night time reconnaissance patrol in the extreme freezing conditions of the Ardennes leads Tom Chambers to a sudden sense of euphoria. He later discovers it was the onset of hypothermia. Tom served with the 9th AmdD Trains Headquarters Co, RECON Platoon
VBOB member Dan Santagata volunteered for the U.S. Army while a senior in High School. He describes his encounters with Gen. George Patton, a battle in Metz, and onto Remagen where Dan discusses the loss of a very good friend and comrade in arms. Dan served with the 5th InfD Engr Cmbt Bn.
Carl Shell recounts his tour of duty with the 9th AmdD 14th Tank Bn. His unit advanced from Paris to Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Holland and finally to Czechoslovakia.
A radar specialist in the Eighth Army Air Force, Dan Diehl describes his time delivering troops by air to key operations at the Nijmegen & Remagen bridges during the Battle of the Bulge. Dan also describes how he later brought back a souvenir from Hitler’s aerie in Berchtesgaden. Dan served with 8 AF, 44 Air Depot Gp, Hqs, Co
VBOB member Dean Van Landingham relives his service to Arlon, Belgium, where his division encountered a heavy 168% casualty rate. He talks about the difficulty most veterans have in discussing specifics of what they witnessed or endured. Dean served with the 26th InfD, 328th Inf, 3rd Bn, Co I.
VBOB member Vince Bellanca tells of the terrible losses with the 114th and 71st InfD. Though his 44th held, Vince recounts the present day effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He gives a powerful appeal for others to seek available help. Vince served with the 44th InfD Artillery, 157 FA Btn, Co HQ.
A sergeant in the Battle of the Bulge, Jessie Bowman describes the pitch battle and German surrenders in the Ardennes, a recent reunion celebration in Plön, Germany, and traces his 30 year career as a barber to a set of barber tools given to him by a fellow infantryman in the field. Jessie served in the 87th InfD, 345th Inf, Co D
Mike Levin provides his service narrative from basic training, to assignment in Greenland, to Officer Candidate School, and ultimately to his service as an artillery observer at the Battle of the Bulge. Mike served with the 489th ArmD FA Bn, 7th ArmD, Co. A.
Maj. Orville Miller (ret.) describes a 110 mile overnight trek with General George Patton’s 3rd Army. The journey took Orville past the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, eventually joining the Battle of the Bulge. Orville served with the 513 Engr Cmbt Bn, attached to 4th ArmD.
Wayne Field, A RECON Jeep driver tells a story of a chain of events triggered by “kids” playing on a knocked out German Tank in April, 1945 near the end of World War II. Wayne served with the 6th ArmD, 86th Cav Rcn Sqd Mecz, Co D
Jim Sharp tells of an eery discovery while on patrol in the Ardennes. This story is one of many he has as author of two books: Diary of an Infantryman & Sgt. of the Guard at Nuremberg. Jim served with the 1st InfD, 18th Inf, 1st Bn, Co B.
A member of the Parachute Infantry, Bruce Waldo entered the war via England in mid December 1944. In early January, in Belgium, his Company was surrounded and captured. Bruce served with 17th AbnD, 513th PIR, 1st Bn, Co HQ
The 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion employed classified weaponry in WWII. Clint Longnecker, Jr. recounts his time in this little known battalion, the 81st Chem Mortar Bn, Co A, and its crucial role in the Battle of the Bulge.
After two passes through the Maginot and Siegfried lines, Dick Williams describes his mission in crossing the Saar River under fire and capturing and holding a bridge in sub-freezing weather. Norvall “Dick” Williams served with the 80th InfD, 318th Inf, Co I