Celebrating VE-Day with the Russians

Celebrating VE-Day with the Russians

Just as the war was ending – I believe we had just taken Falkenstein, Germany – I was told (but did not personally witness) that an American-made Piper Cub with Russian markings had flown over the front and landed. A Russian Major got out – spoke...

Baptism of Fire

It came as quite a surprise when Capt. Swanson informed me we were relieving the Third Battalion, 104th Infantry, 26th Infantry Division. I was assigned to this unit prior to joining Company I, 346th. The meeting with some former friends of the 104th seemed a little...

My First Day in Germany

The east face of the Alsatian farmhouse, near the Saar border, had been sliced clear-and-away, as if by some giant woodsman with surgical skill. The table was set for supper, and looked more like an exhibitor’s display of rural life than a family meal abandoned...

Missed by a Hare

Into the end of March 1945, the 87th was rushing across Germany in an effort to cut off the retreat of the German forces. Somewhere along this route, the powers to be thought it would be great if our company could have a chance to move to an area where we could clean...

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...