five out of fives
omg i feel bad about my other review so im now voting 5 on this so its even
On "D-Day", June 6, 1944, "B" Btry. lost its entire firing battery which consisted of 4 self-propelled 105 howitzers, when the landing craft (LCT) struck a floating naval mine about a mile off Utah beach. It is my understanding that it sank almost immediately with the loss of all 60 men and equipment. When I reached the beach on another landing craft and learned of the loss, I was devastated. How quickly I lost so many good friends and buddies. What a way to enter into conflict. The rest of that day draws a blank. I can't recall much of anything. I do remember being with Pfc Richard E. Showalter and T/4 George Doolittle that first night. We didn't know what was happening. Everything was very confused.
On June 7th I was reassigned. I went back to being a jeep driver for a forward Observer. That was my job through all 5 Campaigns and battles through VE-Day, May 8, 1945. These battles and campaigns included the hedgerows, Cherbourg, the St Lo breakthrough, the drive to Paris, Belgium, Siegfried Line, Hurtgen Forest, Luxembourg, the Battle of the Bulge, and the pursuit into Germany. I was with the first Americans in Paris on August 25, 1944. We supported the French 2nd Armored division in the liberation of that city. That was a most exciting day.
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