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begin with my grandfather. Howard "Max" Aldrich was drafted into the
service in 1944 to fight for his country within the United States Army. After
completion of basic training he was swiftly sent to Europe as one of thousands
of replacments for the war tattered and hardened 45th Infantry Division. He served
with the "Thunderbirds" (as the 45th was known) in the 180th Infantry
Regiment, Company D. He was primarily a heavy weapons crewman having qualified
as a marksman in basic training. To this day, I am unaware what his role was.
Gathering information from bits and pieces, I believe he was a member of a machine
gun squad. I know he was also proficient in the use of the M1 Garand, as were
many GI's during World War II.
The information above is also located on the family's website at http://www.msu.edu/~aldrich7/family.htm