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Moving back through the familiar ruins of Anzio, the Company followed the Regimental Combat Team to the Allied Forces Invasion Training Center], below Salerno. Here, near the former bloody beach-head, the Medical Battalion began a retraining program in the basic principles of the Medical aspects of amphibious warfare.
the exception of Lt. Mahan, Dental Officer, who had come to the company at Anzio
and was now being returned to the Clearing Company, and Lt. Krejewski being transferred
to Company A, there was no important changes in the Company.
early part of July was devoted to the continuation of the same training, with
dry runs and other mock problems. It was good training for the new personnel,
but as usual, the "old" men felt that it was just a waste of time. They
had done this same routine over and over in combat, but as in all such practice
maneuvers, everyone picked up some few new pointers on doing things that would
help to make the future operations easier. There is no such thing as an over-trained
At the beginning
of the second week of the month, the Company changed its location to Paestum,
where it spent the next ten days in reorganizing under the long awaited new 'Tables
of Organization'. Several new ratings were given, thus rewarding the long and
faithful services of some of the men. Even a Company bar was set up to provide
the men with ice cold, mixed drinks.
While in this location, St.-Sgt. Jack Douglas was fatally injured in an auto accident. He later died at an evacuation hospital near Battipaglea. T/3 Harrold Harris became St.-Sgt. and Station leader.
latter part of July, the Company moved to Qualiano, near Naples. Last minute preparations
for another amphibious operation were made. During all this time, the men were
given passes to nearby towns, saw movies and stage shows, took showers and went
swimming in the blue Mediterranean. By the last of the month, everything was ready.
Nearly all the vehicles and equipment were loaded aboard ship, the drivers having
taken them to assembly areas near the docks several days ahead of the rest of
As in all planning for an amphibious operation of this sort, every unit assumed that it would be in an assault group, and planned accordingly. Therefore, the Company was divided into Battalion Landing Teams. However, the 179th was placed in Corps reserve, and the Company was put on a British LSI (Landing Ship Infantry). The vehicles were loaded aboard Liberty Ships and accompanied by the drivers. The huge convoy was made up and pulled out of the Naples harbor on August 9.
The British ship was an old India Liner that had been converted into a troop ship.
The men got a kick out of the crew-barefoot natives from India. Their picturesque
dress and frequent squabbles helped to ease the boredom of the trip. If the men
enjoyed the ship's crew, they despised the food. Goat stew and feeble tea graced
the menu meal after meal.
poor meals, more than anything else), made the hostile shores of Southern France
a welcome sight. After watching hours of Naval artillery fire and bombing by the
"Heavies," the Company landed around 1300 hours on D-day, which was
August 15. This landing was . on the famous Riviera, near St. Maxime. The evening
of the same day, the Company assembled in a reserve area, where most of the vehicles
beginning the Regiment advanced rapidly, moving twenty to forty miles daily. One
move covered 100 miles. On the 18th of August, the Company suffered its first
casualty in France. Traveling along a road that had been reconnoitered, the Company,
in convoy, ran into a road block thrown in by Germans who had been by-passed.
A crossfire cut the road, and mortars discouraged any attempt to use it.
convoy turned around, and in the process, Jack Marshall, who was sitting on top
of the kitchen truck, was hit by machine gun fire. He fell from the truck, and
in spite of heavy enemy fire, S/Sgt. Aaron B. Moore picked up his wounded comrade
and half dragged, half carried him to safety. For this courageous and unselfish
act, Sgt. Moore later received the Bronze Star Award.
As a result of this road block, the Company withdrew a mile down the road. The men assembled for the night and awaited until a company of infantry eliminated the German pocket, before proceeding the next morning. Meanwhile, the Clearing Company had moved along a parallel road and missed the by-passed pocket of resistance. Since it was nearer at the moment, battalion aid stations evacuated directly to it.
the men neared Grenoble, they looked forward eagerly to seeing the city, which
was the center of the Resistance movement. Here the Gestapo committed some of
its most barbarous acts;, trying to stamp out the underground movement. Consequently,
when the Americans came, they were greeted by joyful crowds.
the Regiment was manning road blocks on the outskirts
of the city, the Company set up in the middle of the town, so as to
be easily reached by all battalion aid stations. The men lived in the
- luxurious Hotel Terminus, where they were royally entertained by
the local "Mademoiselles."
second day in "Little Paris," as the city was sometimes called, the
Germans attacked one of the road blocks. A few American and Maquisards casualties
resulted from this action, but there were many enemy wounded to treat and evacuate.
After eighteen hours of fighting, the entire German garrison surrendered, adding
some 1,500 prisoners to the Regiment's long list. One of the memorable happenings
at Grenoble was the execution of a collaborator, on the street, one block from
things come to an end, and after six days of luxury in town,, the northward advance
knew that this rapid progress would have to slow down and that the enemy would
make a determined stand soon. At the end of the month, the Company was situated
east of Lyons and heavy fighting appeared to be brewing.
two short weeks of fighting, the Regiment was deep in the heart of France, north
of the Rhone river. The enemy, up until now, was retreating rapidly, for he wanted
to keep from being caught in the Rhone Pocket that the Allies were trying to develop.
In order to prevent this, it was necessary for him to keep his lines of communication
open, while he retreated. Whenever his routes were threatened, he fought desperately.
one of such actions two battalions and Regimental Headquarters were isolated at
St. Maximeux. In this engagement, Pfc. Adolph Pradmore distinguished himself by
volunteering to drive a load of casualties through enemy lines. This he did successfully.
As usual, the battle was short, and after the breakout, the drive continued rapidly
onward. At one point), when at the town of Pontarlier, the Company was only three
miles from the Swiss border.
September 9, the Regiment reached Clerval, on the Doubs river. Here, for the first
time in France, the 179th met a strongly established enemy. In the fighting here,
Pfc. Offenbecher had his ambulance damaged by tank fire. The battle was fierce
but short, and soon the troops were across the river and moving ahead again. The
litter bearers used rowboats to evacuate the wounded across the river.
Clearing Company, meanwhile, had crossed the river and was located below Baumes
les Dames. To simplify evacuation, the Company crossed the river at Baumes les
Dames and set up a station between this town and Clerval. At this position the
French relieved the Division on September 19.
the relief had taken place, the Division shifted behind the 3rd and 36th Divisions
and established a solid front between the. 7th and 3rd Armies, on the west bank
of the Moselle river. At Epinal, the river was crossed in the face of heavy resistance,
which was now increasing daily. Bad weather set in to add to the difficulties.
Rain and cold made life miserable for the troops. At the end of September, the
Company was operating at Deyvillersi, east of Epinal. The forward elements of
the Regiment were near Grandvillers, fighting in thick woods full of snipers and
the Combat Team facing a determined enemy, in well prepared positions. He had
a line of about ten miles, extending from Bru to Bruyeres. The 179th had the Grandvillers
sector of the front. The Forward Station was set up at Gugnecourt and the rest
of the Company stayed at Deyvillers, where the men were making many friends.
first twenty days of the month were spent in pushing the enemy out of the woods.
Progress was slow but sure, and casualties were heavy. A litter squad was sent
to one of the battalion aid stations to help evacuate, because of the shortage
of personnel at that outfit. The roads through the woods were very poor and extremely
dark at night, making evacuation a difficult problem for the ambulance drivers.
was finally taken by the 36th Division which had outflanked the whole line to
bring about its collapse. The 179th was given the mission of clearing out the
sniper-infested Foret de Montagne. The Station moved to Bruyeres, where it stayed
only two days due to poor roads of evacuation. From there,, it went to St. Helene.
Here again, the routes were 'bad and getting worse as the rain and cold increased.
.Fortunately, casualties were few. At the end of the month, the Station still
operated at St. Helene. The infantry was in position at the edge of the Foret
de Rambervillers, overlooking the Valley of the Meurthe.
|Harold Halk, Capt. Robert Campbell, leaning on Halk, Kenneth Anderson, Harold Harris, Otis Locklin and Orvil Landis, grabbing a few breaths of off-duty air at St. Helene, France, where the company was stationed for a while|
the Regiment could assault St. Die, key point in the Vosges defenses, it was relieved
by elements of the 100th Division. The Station moved to a point between Rambervillers
and Baccarat and prepared to receive casualties from the latter's sector. Baccarat
had been freed two days earlier by the French 2nd Armored Division.
On November 6, the Regiment was completely pinched out and began moving to the Seventh Army Divisional Rest Area. The Company established itself in the Continental Hotel at Contrexeville, which was forty kilometers west of Epinal. It took several days of work in the hotel before any degree of comfort could be had. After that, though, all the men had to do was eat, sleep and rest. There were shows and movies to be seen every day, and hot showers were available for everyone. The men were in dry warm rooms, and were relieved to be out of combat, even though they knew it was only temporarily.
two weeks of rest at Contrexeville, the Regiment receive( its moving orders. The
rest period was over, and on the night o the 22nd of November, the Company moved
about 100 kilometers to the town of Cirey. Since Thanksgiving Day was so near,
the kitchen had already drawn its holiday rations. Because of the sudden move,
the turkeys were loaded, along with the other "tougl birds" of the kitchen,
and served two days later.
winding' mountain roads, through picturesque forest.5 of the Vosges Mountains,
the Company moved into Alsace. Alsace was the German-speaking province of France
which Hitler claimed as part of the Greater Reich. When France fell in 1940, he
formally incorporated the territory as an integral part of his New Order. The
difference between the people of the French-speaking part of France and those
of Alsace was very evident as soon as the Company stopped at Romanswiller, at
the foot of the eastern slope of the Vosges. Here, the civilians were built larger
and sturdier. Their demeanor was generally colder, and some were hard put to conceal
their sympathetic attitude towards the Germans.
the initial phase of its commitment, the Regiment served as flank protection for
the Second French Armored Division, which was racing toward Strausbourg.
the 26th/, the Company moved through the plains of Alsace toward Bouxwillers.
The Regiment was trying to help cut off the Germans' retreat from Patton's Third
Army, which was west of the Vosges in this sector. The Station was set up in tne
village of Prinzhiem, where it remained for three clays. A forward station was
put into operation at Obermodern, and here many of the men saw and had their pictures
taken with the tallest man in the world.
Some more of the boys take a rest in France-location not specified -and enjoy the refreshing antics of a young Frenchman-wearing the helmet in the front row. He lived in the house which forms' the background, and came up with some "very good information about the area", the boys said.
early part of December was devoted to offensive operations by the Regiment. The
179th was spearheading the attacks, which were in a northeasterly direction. The
push was along the boundary between Alsace and Lorraine. The approach to the Maginot
Line was met with fairly heavy resistance, but casualties were surprisingly moderate
in number. The famous line itself was not defended strongly.
road network in this part of the country was excellent and the evacuation was
carried out easily, although at times, dangerously. The enemy shelled the advancing
troops heavily, and he did not spare the towns in which the battalion aid stations
were set up. Consequently, the ambulance drivers drove through some pretty hot
During the latter
part of the month, the Regiment was relieved of its offensive role and provided
flank security for the leading elements. As a result of this change, the casualty
rate decreased. The battalion aid stations were widely separated because of the
wide dispersion of road blocks. To cope with this situation, two collecting stations
were operated at the same time.
increased as the Regiment reached the outer defenses of the Seigiried Line, west
of Wissembourg. However, attacks were not on a full scalq, and only limited objectives
were sought. The Station moved into Wissembourg, but because of the heavy shelling
as well as being out of the Division sector, withdrew to the town of Rott, two
kilometers away. Casualties were not numerous, and evacuation was complicated
only by the long distance between the Station and the Clearing Company.
in Rott, the Forward Station celebrated Christmas in an almost gala fashion. Through
the efforts of Captain Brown and German-speaking Sgt. Steinberg, tables, chairs,
linens, dishes and silverware were provided, and a delicious Christmas dinner
was enjoyed by all members of the Station and Ambulance Sections. Special arrangements
had been made so that all the drivers could be present. Eggnog was served and
speeches were' made.
the coming of Winter and cold weather, the operations of the Station were changed.
Tents were no longer used, and buildings were sought to set up in. Seriously wounded
patients require warmth to prevent shock and the most efficient method of providing
it is to have a good warm room in which to treat the wounded.
homes, although always available, usually didn't have entrances conveniently built
to accommodate litter patients. Consequently, cafes were used as consistently
as possible, because of their wider doors and more spacious rooms in general.
Most places had good furnaces and fuel was always available. The year ended with
the gratifying fact that some of the ambulances were operating from inside of
of the new year was marked by a German counter-offensive south of Bitche. During
the nights of January 1 and 2, the 179th was relieved from the Wissenbourg sector.
The next day, all three battalions attacked the flank of the enemy's mountain
was confused, and the exact locations of the German penetrations were undetermined.
Because of the confused situation, the enemy was able to infiltrate the Second
Battalion's positions and throw a road block behind it. This cut the Battalion's'
main supply and evacuation routes. Radio communication was immediately established
with the cut off unit and it was determined that the ambulance drivers were evacuating
to the Clearing Company of another division.
the meantime, two ambulances had been sent on detached service to the 70th Division,
because it was without a Collecting Company. On the 3rd of January, the ambulance
of Pfc. Taylor and Pvt. Chastain was hit by shrapnel at Phillipsburg. They returned
to the Company for a check of mechanical damage. The next day the ambulance driven
by Pfc. Adam Offenbecher and Pvt. Albert Dueseault, assigned to evacuation of
the 70th Division, was reported captured by enemy infantry. However, it turned
out that they were cut off during the daylight hours by the infiltrating Germans.
enemy had over-run one battalion aid station and scattered the personnel of the
two stations in the town. The station that was serviced by Offenbecher and Duseault
was left without officers when both left the station to give first-aid to some
wounded outside. It v^as the last time they were seen for the rest of the day.
helped to take care of the wounded, and Duseault assisted in carrying some of
the wounded from a nearby hill to the Battalion C.P., where part of the station
was operating. Under cover of darkness, Offenbecher loaded the ambulance with
critically wounded,, stopped to pick up Duseault, and evacuated them. When they
got out, other ambulances were sent in to get the casualties, who had accumulated
all day long, in houses and a church.
two days, the Company was handling the casualties of three regiments, as well
as maintaining contact with the isolated 2nd Battalion, which was evacuating to
another Clearing Company. Lt. Pinkstaff, motor officer, co-ordinated the evacuation
of the three regiments. In order to do this, he had to maintain physical contact
with all of them. This kept him "on the go" continually.
the sixth of January, a battalion of S.S. troopers infiltrated into Wingen, surrounding'
battalion headquarters and the aid station of the First Battalion. Here, Pfc.
Dan Breshears and Pfc. Junior Spoon, ambulance drivers, were captured with them.
As prisoners of the Germans, Breshears and Spoon helped to care for and give medical
aid to American and German wounded. During the ensuing battle for liberation of
Wingen, and the anihilation of the enemy force, who in turn were surrounded themselves,
American tanks opened fire on the building sheltering the mixed casualties and
prisoners. Breshears and Spoon, with three other men, rushed to the tanks and
informed the gunners of the situation. Then, they made a dash for the safety of
friendly lines, which they successfully reached, though very much out of breath.
They later requisitioned another ambulance to replace the one that had been destroyed
in the battle.
Wingen was cleared, the combined facilities of the three Collecting Companies
were used to evacuate the wounded. Since its forward station was the handiest,
B Company received most of the casualties-101 Americans and 41 Germans.
order to facilitate evacuation from the Second Battalion, which was cut off from
the regiment, another ambulance was sent to help Pfc. Roach and Pvt. Tamburlain,
who were evacuating to the 36th Division Clearing. After an attack by the other
two battalions, the main route was opened to them. The ambulance of Pfc. William
Taylor and Pvt. Wrease Chastain was hit again, this time a direct hit by a mortar
storms during the month made driving dangerous, especially down the winding roads
around La Petitte Pierre. On dark nights it was extremely hard to stay on the
roads, for the slightest twist of the wheel in the wrong direction might mean
going over embankments of great height. Chains were put on the wheels, more to
save time that would be lost from getting stuck than to keep from sliding.
the last of the month, the situation was pretty well stabilized, and defensive
positions were established. Casualties were few, although the enemy used much
artillery and Mortars.
The Forward Station, all this time, was set up in La Petitte Pierre, and continued to operate there during the first weeks of February. The Regiment continued to occupy defensive positions and casualties continued few in number.
17, the Company was relieved by Company A, 122nd Med. Bn. of the 42nd (Rainbow)
Division. The whole Company assembled at the rear company area in Oberhof. Here
the men bade farewell to the residents of this beautiful little summer resort
hotel, whom they had come to know quite well during their six weeks stay. From
Oberhof, the Company went to Menil sur Belvite, 21 miles from Deyvillers. This
little village was well remembered for its thick mine fields and booby traps.
It had also been badly damaged by artillery fire.
entrance to the little town was marked with a sign informing all comers that a
rebirth had taken place. A Pawhuska in Europe was created, complete with Mayor
and Staff. It took the Company almost a week to clean out the few available houses
and the surrounding grounds so that they would be comfortable to live in.
Regimental Commander told the infantry that they were in a training, and not a
rest, area. What applied to them went for the Company also, so a daily schedule
was followed, with calisthenics, hikes and lectures. As usual, there were all
types of entertainment, including a Company dance, held at the old stamping grounds
for the first time, passes to Brussels, Paris and London were given out in a comparatively
The men had a fairly good idea where they were going after the rest period, for they took river crossing training on the Moselle. They became doubly sure when Lt. Col. Lawson told them, in a ceremony awarding the Bronze Star Award to Capt. Robert L. Kendall, that he felt quite sure the Division was going to be committed to action for the last time in the European Theatre of Operations.
rest period at Menil sur Belvite ended March 14. The Russians were sweeping toward
Berlin, and the home stretch was in sight. Everyone felt sure that the war was
in its final stage. Saying good-bye to the good people of Menil, the Company moved
75 miles, to the eastern approaches of the Saar Basin.
Regiment was in reserve as the Division was committed to combat, and consequently
it was gradually reintroduced to battle. After a terrific barrage, thrown by 25
battalions of artillery in its sector alone, the Division assaulted, what was
considered by many as being the most formidable fortified line in the world. Fortunately
Patton's forces had already made a breach in the line, and was applying pressure
from the rear. Thus the enemy had to abandon his formidable fortifications, and
the "push" resulted in relatively few casualties.
the first time, the Company as a whole set foot on German ,coil March 17. Here
the change was verv noticeable. White flags of surrender replaced the tricolor,
and almost deserted streets greeted the men instead of gay cheering" crowds.
The few people who were left either were shaken with fright or maintained a sullen
through the Saar Basin was rapid, and prisoners almost flocked into the Prisoner
of War cages. There was some German air activity, but it was mostly confined to
night strafing and bombing. Wrecked enemy vehicles and equipment lined the roads,,
impeding traffic as two armies raced toward the Rhine.
Rhine was finally reached, and at 0230 on March 26, 1945, the 179th attacked the
east bank in assault boats, north of Worms.
litter squads and one sergeant were attached to each of the two assault battalions.
With the 1st Bn. were Sgt. Jesse Caldwell, Cpl. William Parsons, Pfc. John Williams),
Pfc. Samuel Tonubbee, Pfc. Harold McCarthy, Pvt. Stephen Waltridge, Pvt. Thomas
Dun-lap, Pvt. Kenneth Spurgeon, and Pfc. Edward Pajack.
litter squads with the 2nd Bn. were composed of Cpl. Bruce Fisher, Sgt. Raymond
Weatherford, Pfc. Thurman McWhirt, Pfc. Francis Long, Pfc. John Turner, Pvt. Chester
Szolack, and Pvt. John O'Brien.
men carried casualties to the boats, on which they were transported across to
a waiting ambulance on the west bank. They were under small arms and artillery
fire in the initial phase of the operation. About fifty casualties were handled,
mostly in the embarkation and debarkation areas.
there were no boats devoted solely to evacuation, there "was quite a problem
in maintaining an exchange of litters and blankets. The exchanges of medical equipment
were necessary in order to keep up the supply to the forward elements and. prevent
them from running low there. Ambulances were the third vehicles to cross with
each of the assault groups. They were taken across on pontoon ferries. Until a
bridge was put h\ casualties were shuttled across the river by boat.
whole Company crossed the Rhine the 27th of March. Advancing rapidly, the forward
elements reached the River Main the next day. Under cover of darkness, the whole
Regiment crossed the river on a railroad bridge which the 157th Infantry prevented
the enemy from destroying. The 157th had crossed the river previously, the 179th
being in reserve. Evacuation was carried on over this span until a pontoon bridge
was established in the Regimental sector.
On the last day of the month, the Forward Station crossed the Main and the Regiment prepared to attack the so-called "Little Siegfried Line." The Germans were making, so it seemed, a last effort to delay our troops on the march to victory.
focal point of resistance in the "Little Siegfried Line" was Aschaffenburg.
Here, a fanatic S.S. Commander, fought a last ditch stand against the 157th. Children
and young women fought beside the troops. The city was bombed and shelled to rubble.
However, in the regimental sector, resistance was light and casualties were not
numerous. Most of the casualties were wounded Germans.
the 157th kept the Germans pinned down in Aschaffenburg', the 179th encircled
the city. Casualties in this operation were fairly heavy. Leaving the other Regiment
behind to clean up the aforementioned city, the 179th pressed on in a northeasterly
direction. The infantry moved rapidly, sometimes leaving' pockets of a rather
unconvinced enemy. Service elements, who were already hard put to operate at nig'hti,
had to contend further with snipers- Many-fire fights developed around artillery
and other units far behind the front.
the 7th of the month the Company approached Gersfeld, the most northern point
in Germany to be reached by the Regiment. The course then swung south, by-passing
Bamberg, a Divisional objective, and headed for Nurnberg-, the heart of the Nazi
movement. The push was rapid and a company from the Regiment was the first to
enter the city.
the approaches to Nurnberg were fiercely contested and casualties were moderately
heavy. Col. Murphy, Regimental Commander, and Major Snyder of the 2nd Bn., were
among those wounded. The Nazis_ used dual purpose 88mm guns and "Panzer-fausts"
(German Bazookas), in addition to the ever-present sniping. Although there was
much sniping' at vehicles, none of the Company's ambulances were shot at, showing-
that the Geneva Cross was respected in this instance.
spite of fanatic resistance. Old Glory soon flew over the stadium where thousands
of Nazis avowed their faith in Hitler. Their shouts of "Sieg Heil" were
fell on the 20th, and without a pause, the Regiment pushed on to the Danube river.
At the city of Neuberg, the Regiment made another river crossing'. The same method,
as in crossing the Rhine was used. Litter squads were sent with the reserve group
as well as the assault battalions.
the 1st Bn. were Sgt. Jesse Caldwell, S/Sgt. Leonard Gar-side, Sgt. Raymond Weatherford,
Cpl. Johnnie Finch, Pfc. Samuel Tonubbee, Pfc. Walter Summerton. Pfc. Daniel Garrett,
Pfc. Edward Pajack, Pfc. Thurman McWhirt and Pvt. Harry Sokal.
With the 2nd Bn. were Cpl. Ted Brunt, Pfc. Ernest Dieke, Pfc. A. G. Grain and Pfc. Albert Duseault.
3rd Bn. had Sgt. Bruce Fisher, Pfc. Raymond Quinn,, Pvt. Kenneth Spurgeon. Pvt.
Stephen Waltridge and Pvt. Chester Szolack.
crossing was accomplished without many casualties, so evacuation was not very
difficult. However, -it required a bit of planning and much coordination between
the Company and the various aid stations. The few casualties were transported
to the friendly shore m assault boats, where ambulances were waiting. Another
historic river had been successfully crossed.
battle for Munich began three days later. Here, Hitler gave birth to his National
Socialist Party. Here, also, was the scene of the first uprising against this
same party, taking place as the Allied troops were pushing toward the city from
Nurnberg. The affair was soon suppressed by S.S. troops, but the city was left
without stomach for battle. After a brief but fierce fight, Munich fell on April
Munich, which used
to be one of the most cultured cities in Europe, is a pile of rubble. Where great
doctors and scientists once studied, only ruins remain. The repute that once belonged
to this city has gone-gone with Hitler and his tribe. It took Munich a thousand
years to build a house: it took Hitler 12 years to tear it down.
is the foundation. It is a good one; it is up to the peoplq, out of their wide
experience, to build a new and better one. Can they do it ? No one knows. Only
history will tell.
fell, the Russians swept on to a junction with the American 1st Army. The British
and Canadians strangled Hamburg and moved toward Kiel. Vienna fell, and the Americans
headed for Prague. Surely everything" looked bright to the men of the Company.
The end, for which they had waited so long, was in sight After traveling 900 miles
from Southern France to Munich, they had accomplished their mission.
Kenneth L. Anderson
William E. Blank
Dan H. Breshears
Orlin E. Brown
Robert G. Chick
Bryan K. Compton
Charley E. Cornish*
A. G. Grain*
Ernest A. Deike*
Joseph B. Germaine
Clyde V. Green*
Harold E. Halk
William A. Hampton
Ray D. Lenning
Otis E. Locklin
Harold J. McCarthy
Jack D. McWhirt
Thurman B. McWhirt
Adam F. Offenbecher
Edward F. Pajak*
Adolph E. Pradmore
John P. Queener*
Raymond T. Quinn
William F. Rigney
Francis D. Roach
William J. Rubin
Marvin O. Schmidt
George W. Snyder
John A. Spagnuolo
Fred M. Spangler
Joseph S. Swietoniowski*
Leno J. Tamburlin*
William C. Taylor*
Forrest D. Tilton*
John W. Turner
Douglas W. Walton
John W. Williams
James T. Winslett
Elwood V. Yerger*
Floyd E. Elmore
Daniel S. Garrett*
Clell D. Jackson
Francis F. Long
John F. O'Brien
Harry B. Sokal*
Kenneth O. Spurgeon
Eric A. Smoot*
Chester T. Szolack*
Samuel D. Tonubbee
Stephen J. Waltridge*
Edward G. Wiktorski
|*Replacements, most of whom came to Co. B at Anzio, largely from 179th Med. Det.|
the High Point Men of the 45th Division:
It is difficult to leave an organization after living 'and working" in it as long as you have. It is even more difficult for those of us who remain to express our emotions at your leaving.
your efforts and by your unselfish devotion to duty as members of the 45th Division,
you have brought this division to the glorious culmination of the first stage
of its mission-V-E Day. Now, it is the mission of this great battle-wise division
to carry on in the war against the Japs. Your individual contribution has been
recognized by our government and now you will be relieved of further combat duty.
friendship, the loyalties and the deep sympathy which combat soldiers feel toward
each other will not die with your departure. The 45th Division will always be
the richer for having had you among its gallant men. 1 know I speak for every
member of this command when I wish you good luck and extend to you a sincere salute
from your division.
Major General, U. S. Army Commanding ,