AWOL in Paris

During the military action in Europe some officers and a few noncoms were given passes to nearby cities such as Paris or London. While we were in Camp Oklahoma City at the end of the war, a few of us privates decided it was now our turn to visit Paris. This small...
May This Keep You  Safe From Harm

May This Keep You Safe From Harm

The weather had warmed up and the sun was shining. We were giving support to engineers fixing a road. I was sitting in front of my fox hole and watching the next hill with a pair of binoculars from a German officer. I guess the sun must have reflected from them...
The Last Days of the War

The Last Days of the War

Near the end of the active fighting around Olznitz, Germany I was temporarily attached to 3rd Battalion HQ’s. Of the 347th infantry regiment as a radio operator. We ended up the war stationed in Tannensbergsthal, near the border with Czechoslovakia. I recall...

First Day in Combat

The events to be described in this note start with the first day of conflict, for the 3rd platoon of the 347th Regiment antitank (AT) company 87th Infantry Division, on December 13, 1944 in the Saar valley of France. Up until now the only important thing we had done...
The Dash Across Germany

The Dash Across Germany

The events from March to May went quickly as we mounted trucks and other vehicles to streak across Germany and end the war. I can recall watching from a hill as our canon companies bombarded a small town to reduce their resistance for our entry. In another town we...