The Rhine River Crossing

The Germans had positioned many anti-aircraft guns in the hills along and above the Rhine Valley. Our tanks couldn’t be sent over until we silenced these weapons on the hills above us. By morning, the second wave made it over so we were given the job of marching...

How I Received My Bronze Star

I was a machine gunner in H-345 (2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon). On February 6, 1945, there was an event that I won a bronze star for valor. My platoon was supporting a rifle company whose job it was to clear out a line of timber emplacements. These were like log huts, and...