Who Really Liberated Bastogne? A Probe of History

Fifty-three years after World War II, not even those who spilled blood fully appreciate the 87th Infantry Division’s magnificent and decisive role during the largest land battle ever fought by American troops. That was the Battle of the Bulge, or Ardennes...

The 87th and Los Alamos

As the war ended in Europe (May 8,1945), and after 134 days in combat, we received a message from General Culin, our 87th Division Commander, on our way back stating that after arriving in the states we may be going to the Pacific in support of the invasion of Japan....

The Power and the Glory: The 87th Division Attacks

One major offensive was timed to jump off at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 1944. That was German. Another major offensive was timed to jump off at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 1944. That was American. In the center of this titanic clash was the 87th (Golden Acorn) Division, a...

Would We Be Here Today Without Those Two A-Bombs?

It was a heart-stopping sentence buried in the last paragraph of a mimeographed letter that was handed out on our trip home from Europe in July, 1945: “After furloughs, we will meet again at Fort Benning, Ga., to begin a brief but strenuous period of training...