CONNECTICUT MEN

of the 95th - Victory - Division
July - 1945

THE 95th IN A C T I O N
T h e d i v i s i o n ' s first offensive a c t i o n was at M e t z o n N o v e m b e r 8, 1944. T h e 2 n d and 3 r d battalions, 377th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t , a t t a c k i n g a t n i g h t , w i p e d out the enemy p o c k e t east o f M a i z e r e s to the M o s e l l e . T h e going was r o u g h . I t was t r i a l b y fire. M e n who proved themselves t h a t n i g h t d i d a l o t of the b a l l - c a r r y i n g o n the power d r i v e d o w n to M e t z the following week. C a p t u r e of M e t z was a r i c h achievement. T h e c i t y h a d weathered m a n y assaults. T h e 95th D i v i s i o n smacked u p against the b r i s t l i n g forts r i n g i n g the c i t y . S t i l l , the r i n g was b r o k e n , a n d this is the w a y i t was accomplished. T h e 378th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t got off to a f l y i n g start w i t h one of the most d a r i n g l y conceived a n d b r i l l i a n t l y executed t r i c k plays of the entire offensive. C o l . S a m u e l L . M e t c a l f e , regimental c o m mander, o f Pearsall, T e x a s , dreamed i t u p . F r o n t i n g the 378th zone was a series of fortifications i n c l u d i n g F o r t A m a n v i l l e r s , the three C a n r o b e r t forts a n d F o r t de F e v e . E a s t of this line spread the extensive L o r r a i n e fortifications. T a k i n g such a n area b y a n a n t i c i p a t e d head-on d r i v e w o u l d have been suicide. C o l . M e t c a l f e ' s plan was to sweep a r o u n d the n o r t h e r n t i p o f the fortifications a n d approach from the rear, l e a v i n g behind a s m a l l task force to deceive the enemy i n t o t h i n k i n g the entire regiment still fronted the forts. T h e j o b o f p r o v i d i n g the p h o n y front was assigned to T a s k F o r c e S t . Jacques, composed of three platoons, one a n t i t a n k platoon, a squad from a n Intelligence a n d Reconnaissance platoon, cooks, clerks, a n d 2 other regimental headquarters a n d service c o m p a n y personnel. T h i s j u m b l e d force was assigned to cover a n eight a n d a h a l f m i l e front. T h e y d i d a bang-up j o b , w i t h the a i d of loud-speakers a n d other deceptive means. T h e h i d d e n b a l l p l a y worked like a c h a r m . T h e regiment j u m p e d off at 0800 and w i t h i n three hours h a d c a p t u r e d the t o w n of Feves. T w o hours later i t swept o n to take Somecourt. T h e surge c o n t i n u e d a n d S a u l n y , Vigneulles, Plesnois and N o r r o y le B e n e u r t u m b l e d before the avalanche. I n the first five hours of the t h i r d d a y ' s operation the regiment h a d captured a n d occupied three C a n r o b e r t F o r t s . A few other forts were found to be deserted. B y this time the 378th's 3 r d b a t t a l i o n had forced its w a y to the west b a n k of the M o s e l l e . O n e platoon of C o m p a n y K was crossing a bridge i n t o M e t z w h e n G e r m a n s touched off d e m o l i t i o n charges. Casualties were heavy. N e x t d a y the b a t t a l i o n crossed to the c i t y i n boats operated b y C o m p a n y B , 320th Engineers, a n d j o i n e d the 377th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t i n ferreting out the snipers. T h e t h i r d a r m of the m a i n effort was powered b y the 379th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t , w h i c h also h a d d r a w n a b a t t e r i n g r a m assignment against the forts f l a n k i n g the road to M e t z . A t the v e r y outset o f the d i v i s i o n jump-off, the 379th r a n i n t o stiff a n d bitter enemy resistance. The 1st a n d 3 r d B a t t a l i o n s c h i p p e d a w a y a t one o f the greatest a n d most impregnable o f a l l M e t z forts — Jeanne d ' A r c , g u a r d i a n o f the western a p p r o a c h .

C h i p p i n g was the word for i t . T h e heaviest d e m o l i t i o n charges produced a lot of concrete dust a n d not m u c h else. With various forts i n the Jeanne d ' A r c s y s t e m l i n k e d b y tunnels, the G e r m a n s e m p l o y e d a fire a n d r u n defense, a n d the 379th found i t impossible to block a l l the tunnels. B y N o v e m b e r 21, however, the fall of M e t z was something to write home about. T h e 9 5 t h Reconnaissance T r o o p h a d m a d e contact w i t h elements of the 5 t h I n f a n t r y D i v i s i o n , w h i c h h a d d r i v e n up from the south to complete the squeeze p l a y on the fortress c i t y . C a p t u r e of M e t z was b u t one of the highlights i n the 95th's c o m b a t h i s t o r y , however. T h e 95th j u m p e d off for the Saar o n N o v e m b e r 25, 1944. T h e G e r m a n border 3

was 25 miles to the east, a n d m a n y i n the outfit were l o o k i n g forward to the d a y when i t c o u l d write " i n s i d e G e r m a n y " o n letters home. T h e border into G e r m a n y was crossed o n N o v e m b e r 28. B y the first part of D e c e m b e r the d i v i s i o n was i n the Saarland. T h e i r first major prize on N a z i soil was the exposed c i t y of S a a r l a u t e r n which lies like a goldfish b o w l between the h i g h ridges on either side of the Saar. The entire d i v i s i o n was brought up on line a n d a series of l i g h t n i n g blows ensued. Not o n l y was this c i t y c a p t u r e d , b u t i n a sur¬ prise night a t t a c k the o n l y bridge across the Saar s t i l l i n t a c t was t a k e n . So swift a n d well planned was this project t h a t not one m a n was lost. T h o u g h the e n e m y h a d m i n e d the bridge well the 379th T a s k Force bayonetted the sentries o n d u t y before the a l a r m c o u l d be sounded. T h i s

feat caused U n d e r Secretary of W a r P a t terson to write a special c o m m e n d a t i o n for the " I r o n M e n of M e t z . " I n c o n t i n u a l c o m b a t for over a m o n t h , the V i c t o r y D i v i s i o n ' s valor under fire earned its m e n the title of " B r a v e s t of the B r a v e " from J o s e p h D r i s c o l l of the New York Herald Tribune. Metz was t o u g h , b u t the w o r k now was even more rugged. T h i s was the thickest part o f the Siegfried L i n e . T h e r e were a m y r i a d of pillboxes a n d fortified houses. Progress became measured i n square blocks for the b a t a l l i o n objective. In F r a u l a u t e r n , j u s t over the h i g h l y v a l u e d bridge, the 377th's 1st B a t t a l i o n took p a r t i n a " d a n c e of d e a t h " when A m e r i c a n s a n d K r a u t s blazed a w a y at each other over a hotel b a l l r o o m floor. T h e n came the 4

B u l g e . T o w a r d s the end of December the Saar entered the h o l d i n g phase w i t h o n l y the 9 5 t h a n d 9 4 t h left to keep T h i r d A r m y gains. B r i l l i a n t n i g h t c o m b a t , a n t i c i p a t i n g N a z i d a w n a t t a c k s , was the k e y to t h e i r success. I n J a n u a r y , after two m o n t h s of successive c o m b a t a c t i o n , even greater efforts were expended b y r o t a t i n g regiments o n line i n the Saar to reinforce the A m e r i c a n 7 t h A r m y a t S t . A v o i d . I t was a n exhausti n g b u t h i g h l y successful a c t i v i t y . I n J a n u a r y the 9 5 t h was assigned t o L t . G e n . Simpson's N i n t h A r m y . Its first task was to j o i n w i t h B r i t i s h troops f i g h t i n g i n the flooded area below N i j m e g e n . T h i s a c t i o n was considered b y the troops to be a rest, since the C G was able t o

rotate his regiments on the line. I n F e b r u a r y the 9-V's were sent into B e l g i u m for a rest. It wasn't long afterwards t h a t t h e y were called u p o n to j o i n i n the smashing d r i v e on the R h i n e . T h e lead regiment, the 379th, drove so fast t h a t when the R h i n e was reached the i n h a b i t a n t s of the t o w n of R h i n e h a u s e n were caught quite unprepared. Telephone lines were i n t a c t so t h a t enterprising Joes a t t e m p t e d to phone H i t l e r i n B e r l i n . Factories were i n operation, a n d the workers were dazed to find A m e r i c a n troops t a k i n g over. The doughs h a d intended to settle d o w n here for a luxurious rest when orders came for

t h e m to be relieved. I t was not a rest; the d i v i s i o n was sent b a c k to the E r f t C a n a l to practice r i v e r crossings i n expect a t i o n of future events. A f t e r the N i n t h A r m y crossed the R h i n e the 9 5 t h was called u p o n to go i n t o the H a r z M o u n t a i n s a n d clean out a l l pockets of resistance. T h i s was done expeditiously. S h o r t l y before the t e r m i n a t i o n of hostilities the V i c t o r y D i v i s i o n was chosen b y G e n . S i m p s o n to o c c u p y a n d police the t e r r i tories t h a t the N i n t h A r m y h a d so speedily o v e r - r u n . T o the m e n of the 95th this was a welcome chance for well earned rest.

PICTURES OF THE 95th
Home Again — T h e 377th Infantry (Page 4). T h e photograph was t a k e n a t crossed on the S S Monticello J u n e 26th. T h e photograph and disemreproduced F t . Devens on J u l y 3rd. T h e Battalion's experience i n front of F t . Jeanne d ' A r c a t Metz, booklet. Time Out at Devens — T h e pictures is described by Pfc. Henry R. H e i t m a n n of H a r t f o r d on Page 10 of this b a r k e d at Staten I s l a n d , N e w Y o r k , on on the cover was t a k e n as the ship was headed for the docks. Landing fantry, at Boston — T h e 378th I n Artillery and Head-

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on pages 8 a n d 9 show C o n n e c t i c u t m e n gathered i n the bright J u l y sun i n one o f those long waits between processing mations. forT h e upper p i c t u r e I n the men of Regi-

quarters Personnel made the crossing on the S S Mariposa docked at (picture on Page 3), a n d after a by Boston

welcome home greeting P o r t authorities.

shows the m e n of the 3 7 8 t h Infantry Regiment. lower the ment. picture 379th are Infantry

"Lost" Battalion—Connecticut m e n of the Second B a t t a l i o n , 379th Infantry

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95th DIVISION FACTS
Nicknames: Division. " V i c t o r y " , and " O . K . " Shoulder Patch: O v a l shaped, red n u m e r a l 9 a n d white R o m a n n u m b e r V ; a n d V also s t a n d i n g for V i c t o r y ; solid blue b a c k g r o u n d . History: O r g a n i z e d for W o r l d W a r I i n September, 1918, at C a m p S h e r m a n , O h i o ; demobilized i n December of 1918. A c t i v a t i o n d a t e : J u l y , 1942. Army Ground Forces Training: Basic at C a m p S w i f t , T e x a s , a n d upon c o m pletion to F o r t S a m H o u s t o n , S a n A n t o n i o ; to L o u i s i a n a i n J u n e , 1943, for maneuvers a n d stationed at C a m p P o l k , L o u i s i a n a , before s h i p p i n g to California Desert T r a i n i n g C e n t e r ; after four months, transferred to I n d i a n t o w n G a p , P e n n s y l v a n i a , for six more m o n t h s ; t h e n went i n t o m o u n t a i n t r a i n i n g i n W e s t V i r g i n i a maneuver area; later to B o s t o n for t r a i n i n g while awaiting embarkation. Departure Date: L e f t the U n i t e d States i n J u l y of 1944 for E u r o p e a n T h e a t e r of Operations. Overseas Training: Further training in E n g l a n d ; first d u t y o n the continent on " R e d B a l l " h i g h w a y , b y p a r t of the division. Commendations, Unit Citations: 378th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t given P r e s i dential C i t a t i o n for a c t i o n of N o v e m b e r 10-14, 1944; d i v i s i o n described b y U n d e r - S e c r e t a r y of W a r P a t t e r s o n as performing w i t h d i s t i n c t i o n i n t a k i n g i n t a c t the Saarlautern bridge; unit described as " b r a v e s t o f the b r a v e " b y Joe D r i s c o l l i n the New York Herald Tribune. 6 Commanding General: M a j o r General H . L . T w a d d l e , a n O h i o a n , from A p r i l 25, 1942, u n t i l present. Component Units as of Time of Departure Overseas: 377th, 378th a n d 379th Inf. R e g i m e n t s ; 360th m e d i u m a n d 358th, 359th a n d 920th ( L ) F A B n . Served Overseas as Part of: Third A r m y , O c t . 1944; N i n t h A r m y , a p p r o x i m a t e l y F e b r u a r y of 1945. Combat Highlights: Participated i n capture of M e t z ; c a p t u r e d i m p o r t a n t c o m m u n i c a t i o n s center of B o u l a i s ; led T h i r d A r m y i n t o Saar, a t t a c k i n g t h i c k est p o r t i o n of Siegfried line, at S a a r lautern.

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T h i s little souvenir of the 9 5 t h D i v i sion's redeployment furloughs was p r e pared b y the Office of the G o v e r n o r of the State of C o n n e c t i c u t . I t is believed t h a t i t w i l l m a k e a welcome a d d i t i o n to the s o u venirs a n d m e m o r a b i l i a of the m e n who p a r t i c i p a t e d . A l i m i t e d s u p p l y of copies are available for d i s t r i b u t i o n on request from members of the D i v i s i o n from C o n necticut. T h e y m a y be secured b y w r i t i n g direct to the Office of the G o v e r n o r , S t a t e Capitol Building, Hartford, Conn. In the preparation of this leaflet, P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s Officers at the P o r t s of D e b a r k a t i o n a n d reception centers cooperated. T h e account of the D i v i s i o n ' s part i n the defeat of the G e r m a n A r m y was p r e pared b y the Office of T e c h n i c a l I n f o r m a t i o n o f the A r m y G r o u n d Forces. The group pictures t a k e n at F o r t D e v e n s are Signal C o r p s photographs.

THE 95th O N FURLOUGH
T h e 95th ( V i c t o r y ) I n f a n t r y D i v i s i o n , t h i r d of the c o m b a t units enroute from the E u r o p e a n T h e a t e r of Operations to the Pacific, a r r i v e d i n the U n i t e d States for redeployment furloughs i n late J u n e a n d early J u l y , 1945. Preceded b y a s m a l l advance d e t a c h m e n t , the three major contingents o f the D i v i s i o n crossed the A t l a n t i c i n the SS Mariposa, the SS Blatchford, a n d the Monticello. T h e Mariposa docked at B o s t o n , on J u n e 29, w i t h 6,213 m e n aboard i n c l u d i n g the 378th I n f a n t r y , the 358th, 359th, 360th, a n d 920th F i e l d A r t i l l e r y B a t talions, a n d headquarters a n d special troops of the d i v i s i o n . T h e staging center a t C a m p M y l e s S t a n d i s h , near T a u n t o n , Massachusetts, was the next stop, a n d the N e w E n g l a n d m e n of the D i v i s i o n a r r i v e d at F o r t D e v e n s , o n the following day. T h e Blatchford docked at B o s t o n S u n d a y m o r n i n g , J u l y 1, w i t h 3,236 m e n i n c l u d i n g the 379th I n f a n t r y R e g i m e n t , a n d was staged a t M y l e s S t a n d i s h before the 238 N e w Englanders proceeded to Devens. The Monticello docked a t Staten I s l a n d , N . Y . , on J u n e 26 w i t h the 377th I n f a n t r y . T h e regiment entrained i n Jersey for the staging center at C a m p K i l m e r , near N e w B r u n s w i c k , N . J . T h e Mariposa and Blatchford were given the B o s t o n P o r t welcome, w i t h a flag bedecked t u g going d o w n the harbor to meet t h e m . H i g h spots were the home c o m i n g m e a l , steak, ice cream a n d fresh m i l k , a n d the first opportunities to phone the folks at home. T h e n the long a n d occasionally tedious w a i t i n g a n d processing — m e d i cals, new clothes, orientation, p a y rolls, a n d finally two to three days after deb a r k i n g , furlough orders, a n d the last l o n g miles from D e v e n s to home. A t the conclusion of the furlough periods the d i v i s i o n w i l l be reassembled a t C a m p S h e l b y , M i s s i s s i p p i , for r e t r a i n i n g a n d e v e n t u a l e m b a r k a t i o n from a west coast port for the Pacific T h e a t e r o f Operations.

95th DIVISION STORIES
I t has been the experience of veterans o f a l l wars t h a t t i m e brings a b l u r r i n g of d e t a i l , t h a t memories are less exact after events, a n d t h a t first h a n d r e p o r t i n g serves best to get d o w n i n black a n d white j u s t w h a t happened. H e r e are stories b y the m e n of the V i c t o r y D i v i s i o n , t o l d at F o r t D e v e n s , either for newspaper use or for this leaflet. 7 Jordan, Frank A., P f c , H d q . Co., 2 n d B n . , 379th I n f a n t r y , N e w H a v e n . Scout i n Intelligence Section. " I was green when we m o v e d up t h r o u g h the lines i n front of F o r t Jeanne d ' A r c , one of the defense points t h a t ringed M e t z . I t was a m u r k y n i g h t a n d y o u c o u l d n ' t see a t h i n g . B y the t i m e we got i n t o a concrete b u n k e r t h a t h a d been captured

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w i t h h e a v y casualties, I got to singing ' M y B u d d y ' . It d i d n ' t go v e r y well w i t h the m e n in the b u n k e r , m a n y of whose buddies h a d been killed or wounded d u r i n g the a t t a c k . It was the week i n the line before the a t t a c k on the fort's bunkers t h a t I w i l l remember longest of those we spent at the front i n E u r o p e . " Zuraw, W a l t e r J . , P f c , C o . L , 379th I n f a n t r y , Seymour. " O n e t h i n g I ' l l never forget is when the G e r m a n s blew up the A d o l p h H i t l e r bridge at V e r d i n g e n , across the R h i n e . W e ' d been i n there for four days a n d nights w i t h no sleep. I was on guard t h a t n i g h t . T h e y h a d pinned us d o w n near the bridge, w h i c h was about fifty yards ahead of our position, a n d stuff from G e r m a n bazookas was c o m i n g over regularly. A l l at once there was a terrific explosion a n d the bridge c r u m p l e d up a n d dropped i n t o the river. W a s I relieved, t h a t we d i d n ' t have to t r y crossing i t . T h e G e r mans h a d the h i g h ground a n d w o u l d have m o w e d us d o w n i f we h a d tried. " I j o i n e d the outfit on T h a n k s g i v i n g D a y before S a a r l a u t e r n , where we a t tacked i n t o the Siegfried L i n e concrete bunkers. T h e G e r m a n s h a d camouflaged the bunkers, w h i c h were made of concrete 12 feet t h i c k b y b u i l d i n g the shells of houses over t h e m . G o i n g i n there was a lot of stuff from snipers a n d some of the first shots got one of m y best f r i e n d s . " Schlitter, Earl H . , Pfc, Co. C, New H a v e n . A G u n n e r i n a m o r t a r crew. " W e ' v e been across about a year, b u t i f y o u w a n t to k n o w m y hardest d a y i n the a r m y , i t was J a n . 18, 1943, m y first d a y i n the a r m y , r i g h t here at D e v e n s . " Auckland, Arthur R., P f c , Co. C, 379th I n f a n t r y , P l a i n v i l l e . " T h e hottest spot I was i n was near 10

S a a r l a u t e r n . W e were t a k i n g 13 G e r m a n prisoners back across a n open field. E v e r y t h i n g was quiet a n d then a l l hell broke loose, w i t h m o r t a r shells falling t h i c k and fast a l l a r o u n d us. I j u m p e d i n t o a fox hole, a n d i t was a good spot even i f there was three feet of water i n i t . T h e prisoners flopped on the r o a d , b u t none of t h e m made a break. W h e n i t slowed u p a little I took off i n the lead a n d we a l l got across the open space safely." Jones, D a v i d J . , H d q . C o . , 379th I n fantry, Shelton. " I c a n ' t remember a n y t h i n g t h a t was too tough to t a k e , b u t there was m a n y a night I w o u l d rather have stayed i n the blankets. E s p e c i a l l y up around Frau¬ lautern, across the r i v e r from S a a r l a u t e r n , where the G e r m a n s h a d the h i g h ground a n d gave us the works, screaming meemies a n d e v e r y t h i n g . " Heitmann, Henry R., P f c , Rifleman, C o . F , 379th I n f a n t r y , H a r t f o r d . " T h e most miserable six days I ever spent were stranded w i t h what was left — about 150 out of 800 m e n — of the 2 n d B a t t a l i o n i n front of F o r t Jeanne d ' A r c at M e t z . W e were c u t off from our s u p p l y lines. W h a t we got to eat was parachuted from the planes. One bar of chocolate for every two m e n a n d to last a whole d a y . W e made coffee out of melted snow. T h e r e were m a n y wounded w i t h us a n d some dead. T h e t h i n g t h a t was really h a r d was t h a t we c o u l d n ' t send out our w o u n d e d . " Miller, W i l l i a m H . , P v t . , C o . B , 379th Infantry, Bridgeport. " I t was i n t h a t a t t a c k , up across the tracks t o w a r d the bunkers at S a a r l a u t e r n where they got most of us. W e m o v e d u p across a wide open space swept b y m a chine gun a n d s m a l l arms fire. I reached the place about t w e n t y feet from the

G e r m a n s when I got h i t w i t h a machine gun slug i n the t h i g h . It k n o c k e d me flat a n d I l a y there more t h a n 32 hours i n the cold r a i n . O u r support c o u l d n ' t get up a n d we were isolated, b u t the first-aid m e n took care of i t a n d I d i d n ' t seem to feel a n y p a i n after the first shock. I d i d a lot of p r a y i n g l y i n g there w a t c h i n g the Heinies t w e n t y feet a w a y . " T h e r e were seven of us h i t a n d we l a y there cut off from our lines. T h a t n i g h t the G e r m a n s p i c k e d up four of t h e m a n d I never heard of t h e m again. T h e next n i g h t under the cover of darkness our stretcher bearers got to me a n d I went b a c k b y stretcher, jeep a n d ambulance for a four m o n t h s s t a y i n the h o s p i t a l . " Ek, E d w a r d H . , Sgt., C o . A , 379th I n fantry, Branford. " W h e n I was transferred after three years i n the a r m y to the 9 5 t h , I joined t h e m i n A p r i l just after the B a t t l e of the R u h r P o c k e t so about a l l I saw w i t h this outfit was guard d u t y . " Tolla, Angelo M . , P f c , B a z o o k a m a n , C o . A , 379th I n f a n t r y , S t a m f o r d . " T h e closest fighting I d i d was i n cleani n g out the T o w n of K r e f e l d i n the R u h r . W e got i n t o the edge of the t o w n after the a r t i l l e r y w o r k e d over i t a n d called i n some tanks to help us out. W e worked from house to house t h r o u g h cellars a n d back yards keeping a w a y from the streets w h i c h the G e r m a n s h a d covered. W h e n we struck a b l a n k w a l l a n d c o u l d n ' t get t h r o u g h , we w o u l d get back a n d give i t a couple of shots from the bazooka. T h a t w o u l d open up a hole i n a n y w a l l for us. " I n three hours we took 150 prisoners b u t i t w o u l d have t a k e n m u c h longer i f the G e r m a n s h a d not been p r e t t y well softened up b y t h a t t i m e . " Klick, Stanley J . , P f c
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H d q . C o . , 1st B a t t a l i o n , 379th I n fantry, Jewett C i t y . " O n e of our toughest spots was when we were t a k i n g a 5 7 m m t a n k gun up w i t h a weasel. T h e t r u c k s c o u l d n ' t m a k e i t . T h e y h a d us zeroed i n w i t h mortars a n d 88 m m s a n d shells were l a n d i n g a l l a r o u n d . It took us at least fifteen minutes to cross this r i v e r on a bridge a n d the bridge was k n o c k e d out r i g h t a f t e r w a r d s . " Mantlec, A n d r e w J . , P f c , Jeep D r i v e r , H d q . C o . , 1st B a t t a l i o n , 379th I n fantry, South Norwalk. " I went out on a line w i t h our c o m m u n i cations Sergeant after i t h a d been c u t b y enemy a r t i l l e r y fire. W e were o n the h i l l w i t h o u t a n y cover when the 88's started d r o p p i n g a r o u n d us a n d we j u s t h a d to keep on w o r k i n g w i t h the shrapnel whizzing." Farnham, W o o d r o w , P f c , Rifleman, C o . E , 379th I n f a n t r y , R o c k v i l l e . " T h e one t h i n g I want to forget is the first five minutes i n battle j u s t outside of Fellsberg, i n the Saar B a s i n . Y o u can l a y i t on the line, we got h i t w i t h every 88 m m i n the S a a r l a u t e r n area a n d every one of t h e m was r i g h t o n the b u t t o n a n d we h a d quite a few casualties there. N o t h i n g i n a l l the rest was as b a d as t h a t first five minutes. Haeschak, Edward N . , P f c , Rifleman, C o . C , 379th I n f a n t r y , B r i d g e p o r t . " I w a n t to forget a l l about E u r o p e b u t I do remember one t i m e i n the B a t t l e of the R u h r P o c k e t when our o w n planes b y m i s t a k e strafed us a n d we h a d several m e n wounded i n our o w n u n i t . " Horoat, J o h n J . , Sgt., Message C e n t e r C h i e f , H d q . C o . , 2 n d B a t t a l i o n , 379th Infantry, Fairfield. " I t was tense i n our message center i n 11

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that first real battle i n front most everyone I was scared ber well how shocked I was ports came i n telling of the in our o u t f i t . "

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feet a w a y from me. M y knees were k n o c k ing p l e n t y . " Ladyko, W a l t e r E . , P f c , C o . G , 379th Infantry, Bridgeport. " I n M a r c h at Oberkasser, on the R h i n e , we were on outpost d u t y about fifty y a r d s from the R i v e r when G e r m a n planes came over a n d strafed us. I dove for a shell-hole and found a sergeant ahead of me. Y o u j u s t keep p r a y i n g a n d sweat i t o u t . " Slonski, W i l l i a m B . , P f c , C o . F , 379th Infantry, Wallingford. " I t was on F r i d a y , the 13th of A p r i l we were r i d i n g over a h i l l o n some t a n k s towards K r e m b e r g when we spotted a handful of K r a u t s a w a i t i n g to surrender i n front of a f a r m . A f t e r t a k i n g t h e m i n we prowled a r o u n d a n d found a b a t t e r y of 88's, a b a t t e r y of 20 m m a c k - a c k a n d nine more G e r m a n s w a l k e d out of the woods to surrender. One of t h e m who spoke good E n g l i s h t o l d us t h a t the G e r m a n g u n crews were i n a r a i l r o a d t u n n e l t h r o u g h a h i l l nearby. T h e y made a s t a n d there a n d we got 60 prisoners more. T h e n we gave the f a r m another going over a n d found hundreds of rifles a n d h a n d grenades, dozens of machine guns, a h u n d r e d bazookas, a n d enough T N T to blow u p almost a n y t h i n g . It was F r i d a y , the 13th, for the G e r m a n s a l l r i g h t b u t we got 126 prisoners w i t h o u t firing a shot.

Wiegman, P a u l W . , P f c , C o . C , 379th I n f a n t r y , Springdale. " T h e t i m e t h a t sticks i n m y m i n d is the crossing of the Saar R i v e r w h i c h we made under h e a v y enemy fire. W e went across i n assault boats a n d there were 12 or 15 m e n i n each boat a l l p a d d l i n g like hell. T h e r e sure was a lot of 88 m m i n the a i r . W h e n I h i t the other side, when I d u g i n for the n i g h t , I t h a n k e d G o d for g e t t i n g us across." Falasca, F r a n k D , , P f c , F i r s t A i d M a n , M e d i c a l D e t a c h m e n t , 1st B a t t a l i o n , 379th I n f a n t r y , S o u t h N o r w a l k . " T h e y gave me the B r o n z e S t a r for a d m i n i s t e r i n g first a i d under fire on a n a t t a c k on a fortified m i l l at S a a r l a u t e r n . I c a r ried out a wounded m a n , v i c t i m of a booby t r a p , on m y shoulders, t h r o u g h the open for about fifty yards w i t h p l e n t y of m o r t a r a n d s m a l l arms fire a r o u n d . " Kosturko, Lawrence G . , P f c , Rifleman, C o . C , 379th I n f a n t r y , B r i d g e p o r t . " I was surprised how q u i c k l y y o u could reach the front a n d get the sniper fire. T h a t first d a y I was r u n n i n g across a road and one of our m e n was killed o n l y fifty

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T h e following n a m e d officers a n d m e n of the 9 5 t h ( V i c t o r y ) I n f a n t r y D i v i s i o n went on redeployment furloughs from the F o r t D e v e n s , M a s s a c h u s e t t s R e c e p t i o n C e n t e r in the last week of J u n e , 1945. These names are t a k e n f r o m ships' rosters a n d f u r l o u g h orders: A D A M S , H A R O L D S. ADAMS, WILLIAM H. ADLEY, RICHARD J. Pfc. Pfc. T/5 12 R F D 1, H a m p t o n 650 N e w h a l l S t . , H a m d e n 194 O v e r l a n d A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t

ALBYCHT, JOSEPH A N D E R S O N , W E S L E Y R. A R C A N D , W A L T E R A. ASH, N O R M A N JR. A U K L A N D , A R T H U R R. J R . A V E R Y , I R V I N G E. BADGER, CARLTON M. BANAS, MICHAEL J. BARTOS, FRANCIS H. B A Y L E Y , T H O M A S A. BEAUREGARD, LIONEL J. B E N F A N T I , J O S E P H F. BLASCHIKE, ALBERT J. BODNAR, JOSEPH L. B O L I E A U , F R E D R. B O O K E R , L O R A A. BRAHENEY, THOMAS J. B U N N , D O N A L D I. BURNS, JOHN J. BUSCH, F R A N K J. B U T K U S , A L B E R T F. C A L L A H A N , J O H N F. CARPENTER, ALFRED H. C A R P E N T I E R , OLIVIER A. CASPER, ROBERT J . C A V I O L A , J O H N P. C A Z Z E T T A , V I N C E N T C. C H A L E C K I , B E R N A R D W. CHISNALL, D A V I D L. CIRISHIOLI, GEORGIO C L A R K , T H E O D O R E S. COFFIN, R O B E R T W. COHEN, PHILIP CORCORAN, E D M U N D J. CRANZ, F E R D I N A N D E. C R O C A M O , J O S E P H C. DAVIS, R A L P H DEBLOIS, A L E X A N D E R J . DE KAY, ECKFORD J. DE LUCIA, R A Y M O N D H. D E M A R S , C A R L F. DESCHENE, HENRY J. DESOCIO, M I C H A E L DINIGLIO, LOUIS D O N A H U E , J A M E S P.

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A r c h St., Collinsville South St., B a n t a m 80 W e l l i n g t o n S t . , H a r t f o r d 600 W o o d b r i d g e S t . , M a n c h e s t e r 70 B o h e m i a S t . , P l a i n v i l l e 9 Purnell P L , Manchester 235 M a p l e A v e . , G r e e n w i c h 4 U n i o n St., Hartford 33 W o r t h i n g t o n R i d g e , B e r l i n 423 M a i n S t . , P o r t l a n d 29 So. W a l n u t S t . , W a u r e g a n 218 W a s h i n g t o n A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 33 W a l l S t . , M i d d l e t o w n 27 N e p t u n e A v e . , S o u t h N o r w a l k 100 W i l l i n g t o n A v e . , Stafford Springs Winnicut R d . , North Hampton 66 Foster S t . , M e r i d e n Mineroad, Bristol 2405 M a i n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t B o x 179, Versailles Millville Dist., Naugatuck 50 H i n c k l e y A v e . , S t a m f o r d 25 W a s h i n g t o n S t . , V e r n o n 260 M a i n S t . , W a t e r b u r y 13 H a t h k i s s S t . , N a u g a t u c k 139 E l y A v e . , S o u t h N o r w a l k 101 H a t c h S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 50 C h u r c h S t . , P l a n t s v i l l e 1125 Forest R d . , N e w H a v e n 112 L i b e r t y S t . , A n s o n i a 44 Ives A v e . , M e r i d e n 132 F l a x H i l l R d . , S o u t h N o r w a l k 170 F a i r f i e l d A v e . , S t a m f o r d 18 S t i l l w o l d R d . , Wethersfield 19 N a m e a u g A v e . , N e w L o n d o n 6 Summit St., Derby Nashville R d . E x t . , Bethel 15 M i l l S t . , W i l l i m a n t i c H o y t St., Darien 75 O s b o r n A v e . , N e w H a v e n 17 M a r g e r y S t , B r i s t o l 98 S u m m i t S t . , W i l l i m a n t i c 66 T r a c y Ave.., W a t e r b u r y 127 L e x i n g t o n A v e . , S o u t h N o r w a l k 29 M a p l e A v e . , W a t e r b u r y

D U N N , R I C H A R D E. DUNNE, DOMINICKJ. EK, ARTHUR H. ESPOSITO, V I N C E N T A. EVANS, RONALD H. FALASCO, F R A N K D. FARNHAM, WOODROW F A R R E L L , E U G E N E F, FAVA, C O L E S T I N O D. FAZZINA, P A U L E. FENN, RICHARD H. FERGUSON, F R A N K J. JR. FERLA, SALVATORE FEUERBACKER, FRED J. FISHER, H E N R Y JR. FITTIG, W A L T E R FORNITO, LOUIS J . F O W L E R , E U G E N E S. FOWLER, WILLIAM H. G A G N O N , W I L B E R T R. G A R V E Y , J O S E P H P. G L E Y , H A R O L D R. GORI, JOSEPH G R E G A , M E T H O D P. G R O N A U , H E I N Z O. GUERRERA, ROCCO GUGLIOTTI, LOUIS HALL, LESLIE L. H A N S O N , N O R M A N P. H A R R I N G T O N , F R A N C I S P. H A R V E Y , N O R M A N E. HAYDEN, FRANCIS J. HEFFERN, HAROLD J. H E I T M A N , H E N R Y R. H E W E S , P E T E R B. HORVAT, JOHN J. HRESCHAK, EDWARD M. HUNTER, KENNETH HUNZIKER, ROBERT N. H Y D E , A L F R E D F. J E R O M E , R O B E R T E., J R . J O H N S O N , B Y R O N T. J O H N S O N , E R I C G. J O H N S O N , R I C H A R D R. JONES, D A V I D W. JORDAN, FRANK

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325 So. P i n e C r e e k R d . , F a i r f i e l d 1820 A l b a n y A v e . , W e s t H a r t f o r d 42 H o p s o n A v e . , B r a n f o r d 215 P e c k A v e . , W e s t H a v e n East Granby Sound View Ave., South N o r w a l k M i l e H i l l R d . , Rockville 47 Seavier A v e . , W e s t H a v e n 3018 D i x w e l l A v e . , H a m d e n W a n x Spring St., Plantsville 104 C o t t a g e S t . , M e r i d e n 105 W e s t S t . , D a n b u r y 46 N o . S p r i n g , A n s o n i a 103 P r i n c e S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 404 Y a l e A v e . , N e w H a v e n 265 O l d T o w n R d . , B r i d g e p o r t 57 A m e r i c a S t . , W a t e r b u r y R F D 2, N o r t h S t o n i n g t o n R F D 3, M a p l e K n o l l F a r m s , E l l i n g t o n 1930 B r o a d S t . , H a r t f o r d 381 B r o a d S t . , N e w L o n d o n 33 G r e e n m a n v i l l e A v e . , M y s t i c 196 Jones A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 137 L i g h t S t . , S t r a t f o r d 2397 E a s t M a i n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 15 E n n e r y S t . , W a t e r b u r y 89 B y i n s i d e A v e . , W a t e r b u r y Sterling 36 C o e A v e . , P o r t l a n d 11 H e m l o c k S t . , W a t e r b u r y 316 H i l l s S t . , E a s t H a r t f o r d 20 U n i o n S t . , T h o m p s o n v i l l e 86 C a r o l i n e S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 127 A d e l a i d e S t . , H a r t f o r d H i g h St., Farmington 70 Redfield R d . , F a i r f i e l d 1989 E . M a i n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t Middletown 39 Stiles S t . , S t r a t f o r d 121 G r a n d v i e w T e r . , H a r t f o r d 1922 M a i n S t . , H a r t f o r d 9 Wooster Heights, D a n b u r y R F D 3, W e s t o n R d . , G e o r g e t o w n 37 C o l o n i a l S t . , H a r t f o r d 74 H i l l S t . , Shelton 121 M a p l e S t . , N e w H a v e n

J O R D A N , J O H N F. K A L K O W S K I , E D W A R D O. KATKAVECK, GEORGE J. K I L B R I D E , S I D N E Y V. K I N G , A R T H U R A. KLICK, STANLEY J. KLIMASZEWSKI, JOHN K O S T U R K O , L A W R E N C E G. K O Z C A K , G E O R G E D. KRISTON, JOHN K U L I C K , P A U L G. KUZMA, STANLEY J. L A B O R E , A N T H O N Y C. L A D Y K O , W A L T E R E. L A P O R T E , G E O R G E A. LAWLOR, THOMAS J.,JR. LEE, NICKOLAS LESNIAK, LEO J. L I T K E , W A L T E R A. LIVINGSTON, CHARLES Y. L O C K E R , E D W A R D T. L O G A N , D O N A L D T. M A C DONALD, THOMAS JR. MAGERA, STEPHEN MANTLIK, ANDREW J. M C D O N O U G H , T H O M A S G. M E R R I L L , C L I F F O R D T. J R . MIKOLAJCZYK, EDW. J. MILLER, H E R M A N L. MILLER, WILLIAM H. M O N T A G N A , J O H N C. MOORE, ADOLPH MORAN, LAWRENCE J. M U L D O O N , J O H N C. * NISTO, A N T O N I O F. N U N N , D U F F E Y L. OBUCHOWSKI, ALPHONSE O'DONNELL, WILLIAM OTTO, W I L B U R W. PAGERINO, F R A N K J. P A G L I A R O , F R A N K A. P A R K E R , C L I F F O R D W. PASCARELLA, ALFONSO J. PASSERINO, R A Y M O N D M . PATRIDGE, CHARLES J. JR.

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