Memories of the European experience
the passing of years.Accuracy
vague and half forgotten. To record, in black andwhitehere and now, the mood, the impressions, the exciting events, of the worst days and the best,
the purpose of these stories. Connecticut men of the 30th were asked to relate their own personalstories and impressions and in their own words, they are here so recorded:
Joseph S., Pfc., Co. B.,119th Inf., Middletown"The combat days are the bad days.
don't know how to explain it. You haveto be in there to know what I mean."
M., Pfc, Cannon Co.,120th Inf., Bridgeport
thought it was great leaving theStates and
in Scotland and
through England, which is a nicelooking country,
I found out that
rains in England most of the time. I joined the 30th Division in the Siegfried
It was pretty bad there, as anyonewho was there
you. Am I gladto get back to the States!"
Charles B., Pvt., Co. C,119th Inf., Danbury"The thing I
was the destruc
in Germany. It was a damn
jobby our Air Corps and
One of the toughest things the GI had to takeover there was the attitude of
of our officers after V-E Day. There were
distinctions as to the enforcementof rules and regulations. The commissionedofficers got away
anything. The non-
got broke and penalized."
John W., Pfc,
A., Lakeville"We landed in Glasgow, Scotland onWashington's Birthday, 1944. The
the Scotch are nice
and theytreated me okay but those countries are
behind the States in many ways. The
day I had in Europe was V-E Day."
Lawrence L., Pfc, Hq. 2nd
119th Inf., New Haven
saw the whole show
this outfit,eighteen months overseas and elevenmonths in combat. The
was just after our Breakthroughbeyond St. Lo in Normandy. One nightwe were holding a road block, well dug in
the Jerries' own trenches, when wehearda lot of
from the rear.They failed to halt when we challengedthem and when we could make them outfor Germans, I opened up
my submachine gun on an officer who was out infront. When the shooting was over, wecounted nineteen dead and wounded
They had three machine guns
they never got a chance to use on us."
John P., Sgt., Anti-Tank Co.,119th Inf., Danbury
spent fourteen months in the tank destroyer school and I was bitterly disappointed when I was transferred to the
for overseas service. I wasassigned to the anti-tank company inthe 417th Infantry of the 76th
my first few days in combat myfeeling of disappointment at being transferred to the Infantry disappeared. Whenthe 417th was first committed against theSiegfried
at Echternoch, in Luxembourg, I went along
my squad whichwas attached to a leading
platoon.Itwas a daylight attack on a fortifiedposition.I saw the Infantry attack up
under heavy shellfire and airbursts.They never faltered. They never