Battle of the Bulge
I was still eighteen when I was drafted. I served in the Army Infantry, P.F.C. in Europe. I served for three years.
Living And Fighting During WWII
I have asked my Grandfather Clarence about life during World War II. This is what he told me…………
I was eighteen years old when World War II started. I was still eighteen when I was drafted. I served in the Army Infantry, P.F.C. in Europe. I served for three years.
I was rabbit hunting when I heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. It was no real surprise to us since we had been expecting it.
I had my basic training at camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. I volunteered for the Para troope and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia. I was kicked out because I wore glasses. The kid who came with me broke both his ankles on his fifth jump. I was then sent to Tennessee with the eightieth infantry division.
I went over seas with them fourteen days after D- Day. We went over on the Queen Mary. It took seven days before we landed in Scotland. We re-grouped in England and then went to La Harve, France. We fought our way to Bartogne. I was hurt there in the “Battle of the Bulge” when the jeep I was driving was hit by enemy fire and turned over landing on top of me. I was sent back to the hospital in England for four months. I was then sent back to France. One day it came over the ship’s loud speakers that the war in Europe was over! They put us on a train for fourteen days as they didn’t know what else to do with us. It was stenciled on the outside of each car ”40 men and 8 horses.”
We built a camp in Reims, France where they signed the peace treaty. From there we went to Vienna, Austria. The streets were made of wood and were awful slick when they got wet. From there we went back to La Harve and boarded ship to go back home. We were glad.
War is living out of fox holes in the mud, scared to death, seeing your buddies killed or wounded, hoping you aren’t next.
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