CONNECTICUT MEN

of the 104th Division
JULY -- 1945

HOME FOR FURLOUGH
T h e greatest troop m o v e m e n t i n h i s t o r y , the redeployment of 3,000,000 m e n of the a r m e d forces of the U n i t e d States, was well under w a y , when the 104th ( T i m b e r wolves) D i v i s i o n a r r i v e d i n N e w Y o r k H a r b o r o n J u l y 7 a n d 10, 1945, aboard the transports Monterey a n d John Ericsson. T h e D i v i s i o n h a d been preceded b y a n advance detachment w h i c h came i n on the transport Monticello on J u n e 26. B o t h the Monterey a n d the Ericsson docked a t P i e r 15, S t a t e n Island. T h e Monterey brought M a j o r G e n e r a l T e r r y de l a M . A l l e n , D i v i s i o n a l C o m m a n d e r , the 413th I n f a n t r y , the 385th, 386th, 387th, a n d 929th F i e l d A r t i l l e r y B a t talions, along w i t h the D i v i s i o n ' s b a n d , m i l i t a r y police, headquarters a n d special troops. T h e John Ericsson came i n a week later, w i t h the 414th a n d 415th I n f a n t r y regiment. B o t h groups of the D i v i s i o n spent the first 24 hours after t h e i r a r r i v a l a t the staging center, C a m p K i l m e r , near N e w Brunswick. T h e brief processing then included orientation a n d the ''homec o m i n g m e a l " , regarded b y m a n y m e n as " t h e best I ever h a d i n the a r m y " . T h e m e n u was topped b y steaks, m i l k a n d ice cream. T h e D i v i s i o n , for the first time since its a c t i v a t i o n was then split u p i n t o t w e n t y two groups for t r a n s p o r t a t i o n to recept i o n centers, w i t h C o n n e c t i c u t m e n i n the N e w E n g l a n d group going to the reception center a t F o r t Devens, near A y e r , M a s s a chusetts. T h e s t a y at Devens* R e c e p t i o n C e n t e r w a s , necessarily longer, b u t for most men less t h a n 30 hours. T h e processing procedure there a n d the preparation o f leave orders 2 required considerable time. A t Devens the two groups were covered for the p u r pose of securing most of the m a t e r i a l for this booklet. T h e n finally — special orders i n h a n d , the m e n headed for A y e r , a n d the last long miles home to C o n necticut. C o n n e c t i c u t m e n are reporting back at Devens after their redeployment " r e c u p e r a t i o n " furloughs, on A u g u s t 7 to 15. W h e n the N e w E n g l a n d group has gathered, they w i l l e n t r a i n for C a m p L u i s O ' B i s p o , C a l i f o r n i a , for r e t r a i n i n g preparatory to e m b a r k a t i o n for the Pacific — a n d T o k y o .

SERVICEMEN'S COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET
VOLUME I B. CLYMA, NUMBER Editor 4 CARLETON

This booklet on the Timberwolves return from the European war was prepared for the men of the 104th by the Office of the Governor. It is believed that it will make a welcome addition to the souvenirs and memorabilia of those who participated i n the defeat of the once great G e r m a n W e h r macht. The courtesies and assistance of public relations officers, at the ports, and at the F o r t Devens Reception Center, greatly facilitated the gathering of the material for this booklet. Some of the group pictures are from Signal Corps photographs. The factual materials herein were prepared b y the Office of Technical Information, A . G . F . A limited number of copies are available for distribution, to Connecticut men of the D i v i s i o n only. T h e y can be secured b y written request to the Office of the G o v ernor, State C a p i t o l , H a r t f o r d . Reproduction of original material is permissible only with written authorization.

104th DIVISION FACTS
Combat Highlights: Division distinguished itself for b r i l l i a n t n i g h t a d vance i n G e r m a n y . Seized great i n d u s t r i a l area of Echweller-WeiswellerStolberg. Crossed Inde R i v e r a n d cleared entire sector assigned to i t as far as the R o e r R i v e r . T h i s i n v o l v e d seizure o f Lamersdorf-Indent-Lucher¬ berg, called b y M a j o r G e n e r a l J . L a w t o n C o l l i n s one of the finest single pieces of work accomplished b y a n y u n i t o f the V I I C o r p s since " D " D a y . T h e D i v i s i o n crossed the R h i n e i n the R e m a g e n bridgehead on 22 M a r c h 1945. C o n t i n u i n g to operate w i t h V I I C o r p s , U . S. 1st A r m y , a r a p i d advance of 193 miles i n 9 days was made eastward a n d n o r t h to P a d e r b o r n . A f t e r reaching the P a d e r b o r n area, the d r i v e was resumed to the east, i n a n u n i n t e r r u p t e d advance of 175 miles i n 15 days. Shoulder Patch and Origin: Shows a gray t i m b e r wolf against a green b a c k g r o u n d . D i v i s i o n trained i n big woods area o f U n i t e d States where t i m b e r w o l f is found. A. R. G. Training: Activated September 15, 1942, at C a m p A d a i r , Oregon. T r a i n e d i n Oregon M a n e u v e r A r e a ; C a m p Young, California, and C a m p Carson, Colorado. Maneuvers in Oregon were from September 13, 1943 to N o v e m b e r 8, 1943. Trained in Calif o r n i a - A r i z o n a M a n e u v e r A r e a from M a r c h , 1944 to J u n e , 1944, r e t u r n i n g to original station at C a m p C a r s o n , Colorado. Departure: L e f t the U n i t e d States i n 3 A u g u s t , 1944, of Operations. for European Theater Overseas Training: General Allen's frontline t r a i n i n g program was unique, was given i n areas where a c t u a l fighti n g h a d occurred short weeks before. M e n were given two weeks t r a i n i n g w h i c h i n v o l v e d several night problems. P r i m e purpose of this t r a i n i n g was to give m e n confidence i n themselves a n d their weapons. Commendations: Commended by M a j o r General J . L a w t o n Collins, commandi n g general o f V I I C o r p s , F i r s t A r m y , for seizing great i n d u s t r i a l area o f E c h w e l l e r - W e i s w e l l e r - S t o l b e r g , crossing the Inde R i v e r , a n d clearing its entire sector to the R o e r R i v e r . Seized Lamersdorf-Indent-Lucherberg, which G e n e r a l C o l l i n s called the finest single piece of work accomplished b y V I I C o r p s since " D " D a y . Commanding General: M a j o r General T e r r y de l a M . A l l e n from October 2, 1943 u n t i l present. Component Units: Inf. Regts. 413th, 414th, 4 1 5 t h ; F A B n s . 387th ( M ) , 385th, 386th, 929th ( L ) . Served Overseas: October a n d early N o v e m b e r , 1944 w i t h the 1st C a n a d i a n Army. M a r c h a n d A p r i l , 1945, was part of the F i r s t A r m y . Slogan: " N o t h i n g In Hell M u s t T h e T i m b e r wolves." Stop

104th DIVISION STORIES
Editor's Note: T h e passing of years w i l l b l u r memories, details, c l a r i t y , a n d acc u r a c y . T o record i n black a n d white, here a n d now, the m o o d , the impressions the events, of those s t i r r i n g days i n E u r o p e , is the purpose o f these stories. C o n n e c t i c u t m e n of the 104th, a t the ports, a n d at D e v e n s , were asked for their stories i n their o w n words, a n d t h e y are here so recorded. Cagianello, John L., S / S g t . , F i r s t A i d M a n , M e d . D e t . , 413th Inf., H a r t f o r d : " T h e y gave me the B r o n z e S t a r for w o r k i n g under fire for forty-eight hours. I was there w i t h the wounded i n a d i t c h from T h u r s d a y n i g h t to S a t u r d a y aftern o o n . It was on the M a a s R i v e r i n H o l l a n d . T h a t was m y toughest experience b u t d o n ' t forget the i n f a n t r y , t h e y r e a l l y had it tough." Donavan, John G., M / S g t . , H d q . C o . , 387th F . A . , H a r t f o r d : " I have been i n five countries a n d A m e r i c a is better t h a n a n y one o f t h e m . T h e r e is n o t h i n g like the U . S. A . I t is a better c o u n t r y . I t has better people." Fiorito, Peter A., T / 4 , T r u c k D r i v e r , 104th D i v i s i o n B a n d , B r i s t o l : " I t was the tire shortage t h a t got m e d o w n . W e were so short on tires t h a t we c o u l d n ' t get food a n d a m m u n i t i o n u p t o the front lines. D i d I curse those tires! I used to d r i v e fourteen or fifteen hours a d a y a n d when I got back I w o u l d have to go to work a n d fix u p two or three f l a t s . " Fritz, George J., C p l . , G u n n e r . B t r y . C , 356th F . A . , N e w B r i t a i n : "I saw Nordhausen Concentration C a m p . T h a t is something I w o n ' t forget. T h a t was mass m u r d e r . T h e y c l a i m i t was s t a r v a t i o n b u t b u l l e t holes a n d w h i p m a r k s d o n ' t mean s t a r v a t i o n . " Gaylord, Allen C , P f c , C o . A , 4 1 3 t h Inf., M i l f o r d : " T h e p a t r o l I was on was really the first to m a k e contact w i t h the R u s s i a n A r m y i n a little t o w n west of the E l b e R i v e r . W e went out o n contact p a t r o l w i t h t w o t a n k s a n d two jeeps. W e were 26 miles i n front of our o w n lines a n d h a d reached a little t o w n where we stopped i n the center a t the t o w n h a l l . A few minutes later, i n a buggy d r a w n b y two horses a n d flying a huge red flag, the R u s s i a n s a r r i v e d . W e shook hands a l l a r o u n d a n d the R u s s i a n s kissed the G . I.'s. W e carried out our m i s s i o n , w h i c h was to i n f o r m the R u s s i a n s 4

o n the disposition of our troops a n d to receive from t h e m the same i n f o r m a t i o n o n their troops. T h e y were p a r t i c u l a r l y anxious to get clearance for a r t i l l e r y work o n a t o w n between the one we were i n a n d o u r o w n lines where they h a d lost six m e n earlier i n the d a y . W e swapped t o m m y guns; we inspected their weapons a n d t h e y gave ours the once-over. W e spent a b o u t two hours there w i t h t h e m . The Russians seem j u s t like a n y b o d y else a n d I w i l l say one t h i n g t h o u g h , they made the G e r m a n s snap i n t o i t . " Gendall, George R., P f c , A m m o B e a r er, C o . K , 413th Inf., H a m d e n : " I n H o l l a n d , t h a t was the worst, cold a n d r a i n y , sleeping i n foxholes a n d every t i m e we d u g a foxhole i t was h a l f full o f water i n a h a l f hour. W e d i d n ' t sleep under a roof once d u r i n g October a n d we l i v e d

on a hot m e a l now a n d then a n d " K " rations." Gozzo, Corado, S / S g t . , M a c h i n e G u n n e r , 104th Inf., H a r t f o r d : " T h e S. S. T r o o p s are really a b u n c h o f tough fighters as long as they have a fiftyfifty chance to w i n . B u t when the scales top against t h e m , they're j u s t like a n y other m a n who wants to save his life. I saw 400 H e i n i e s come out of a little t o w n w i t h their hands u p , scared to d e a t h , when we h a d n ' t even fired a single shot at t h e m . A b o u t 50 o f our t a n k s h a d lined up i n a c o l u m n , three abreast, a n d started for the t o w n , a n d they made such a noise, j u s t m o v i n g along, t h a t the G e r m a n s threw d o w n their guns, a n d came o u t , r u n n i n g . " Holder, Arthur L., P f c , I n f a n t r y T a n k M a n , C o . E , 413th Inf., D u r h a m :

5

La Pointe, Lucien J., P f c , C o . L , 413th Inf., R o c k v i l l e : " W h a t I want to say is — give the credit to the M e d i c s . W h e n I was wounded at B a d L a u t e r s b u r g , t h e y evacuated me under h e a v y enemy a r t i l l e r y a n d m a c h i n e gun fire. I f t h e y h a d n ' t gotten me out when t h e y d i d , I a m a f r a i d I w o u l d have been kaput." Levine, William E., P f c , A u t o m a t i c R i f l e m a n , C o . G , 413th Inf., H a r t f o r d : " I h a d a couple o f n a r r o w ones near D u r e n a n d the R h i n e . A fellow i n the foxhole w i t h me — i n his first d a y at the front — was k i l l e d b y sniper fire; a n d , there was a t i m e when we were crossing the Weser R i v e r a n d reached the cover o f a b u i l d i n g o n the other side when a l i e u t e n a n t , j u s t b e h i n d me, j u s t as he was to step i n t o the b u i l d i n g to safety, got i t . " Londa, Daniel S., P f c , W i r e m a n , H d . B t r y . , 104th D i v . A r t . , D a n b u r y : " O u r hardest j o b was keeping u p w i t h the i n f a n t r y when we were m o v i n g w i t h the 3rd A r m o r e d D i v i s i o n . W e w o u l d l a y wire a l l d a y long a n d t h e n a l l n i g h t . F o r over three weeks we never stayed over 24 hours i n one s p o t . " Lyons, Francis H., P f c , C o . G , 413th Inf., W a t e r b u r y : " I remember A p r i l 8 t h when we were i n a p r e t t y hot spot crossing the Wasser near L o d i g e n a n d when the m a i l came I got a H a p p y B i r t h d a y c a r d from m y wife. I f she o n l y knew how close I came to i t t h a t d a y she w o u l d never have sent t h a t c a r d . T h e d a y w o u n d up w i t h us w a t c h i n g for jerries a n d d r i n k i n g c o g n a c . " Madden, Harry, P v t . , B t r y C , 929th F . A . B n . , Manchester: " O n e t h i n g I remember is t h a t I a l w a y s felt p r e t t y safe after the t r i p we m a d e

" T h e hottest spot I was ever i n was the d a y we crossed the R u h r R i v e r a n d lost t w o t a n k s a n d two self-propelled guns. T h a t was a hot two h o u r s . " Jaksina, Casimer K., P f c , W i r e m a n , R e g . H q . , 413th Inf., N e w B r i t a i n : " O u r spot was i n Cologne when we tried to l a y a line a n d were pinned d o w n b y t i m e fire for six hours — b u t we got the line laid a n y w a y . " Krieger, Edwin C, P f c , Rifleman, C o . F , 413th Inf., N o r w i c h : " I t was p r e t t y rough a n d we h a d a lot of casualties crossing the M a r k R i v e r near Antwerp. T h e r e were drainage ditches every h u n d r e d yards a b o u t waist deep i n water. W e r e we wet a n d c o l d ! T h e worst spot was when, after a n hour's a r t i l l e r y preparation we h a d to cross a flat field a b o u t five h u n d r e d yards wide under h e a v y fire — b u t we took the village a l t h o u g h there were still p l e n t y o f K r a u t s left i n there after the b a r r a g e . "

6

across i n the c o n v o y going over. W e were a t t a c k e d four times b y G e r m a n submarines a n d they kept i t up r i g h t to the E n g l i s h C h a n n e l . I was d o w n five decks a n d i f a n y t h i n g h a d happened i t w o u l d have been all over for m e . " Mer row, Harry F., P f c , 104th D i v i s i o n Band, Bristol: " W h a t impressed me was the p o v e r t y o f the people i n F r a n c e a n d B e l g i u m . T h e y were s t a r v i n g ; there was no food; and t h e y stood i n line to get the garbage and our leavings f r o m the A r m y mess. A t V e r v i e r s , t h e y w o u l d scramble i n the garbage cans for r o t t e n oranges a n d s t a n d r i g h t there a n d eat t h e m . " Oktavec, Frank J., S / S g t . , C o . F , 413th Inf., H i g g a n u m : " O n e o f the biggest a r t i l l e r y barrages was ours for the crossing o f the R u h r o n F e b r u a r y 23rd, b u t the toughest fighting I ever saw was o n E a s t e r S u n d a y near W r e x o n , G e r m a n y . T h e r e is where we lost most o f the m e n i n our squad — one killed and five wounded. W e lead the a t t a c k o n a wooded h i l l a n d we h a d started u p when we got caught i n G e r m a n s m a l l arms fire

from three sides. T h e fight lasted t w o days a n d we j u s t held our g r o u n d while our h e a v y stuff was t r y i n g to soften t h e m up. O n the m o r n i n g o f the t h i r d d a y , we finally took the h i l l . " Piazza, Peter C , Sgt., L i a i s o n M a n w i t h Inf., H d q . . B t r y . , 386th F . A . , T h o m a s ton: " T h e real fighting was i n the B a t t l e for the towns o f Inden a n d P i e r j u s t this side of the R o e r R i v e r . One o f our battalions lost 165 m e n i n a n hour. W e j u m p e d off across a m i l e o f open c o u n t r y after we thought we h a d cleaned out the H u n s w i t h 4,500 rounds from our guns; but, our m e n r a n straight into a b u n c h o f S S m e n a n d took h e a v y casualties. The towns were a complete wreck a n d ten days later t h e y were still digging G e r m a n s out o f the ruins a l i v e . " Ping, Geng, T / 4 , M e s s Sgt., C o . G , 413th Inf., W e s t H a r t f o r d : " B e f o r e I j o i n e d this outfit I served as squad leader o f a m o r t a r platoon w i t h the 478th I n f a n t r y w i t h the F i r s t A r m y . W e saw p l e n t y o f fighting. I t is m u c h better to be a mess sergeant t h a n to be a squad leader.

7

wife a n d f a m i l y a n d c o m m i t t e d suicide. A f t e r we took L e i p z i g , the owner o f a P a n t z e r f a u s t factory there gave a b i g p a r t y for about one h u n d r e d people i n h i s factory. H e h a d h a d the whole place m i n e d w i t h Pantzerfaus a n d when t h e eating was over, he pressed a b u t t o n t h a t blew up the whole p a r t y . " Sternberg, Ademor P., Sgt., C o . C , 413th Inf., G u i l f o r d : " T h e one t h i n g I w i l l never u n d e r s t a n d is how I got t h r o u g h E a s t e r S u n d a y . W e h a d two jeeps on p a t r o l when we r a n i n t o a n a m b u s h . W e were covering side roads to check on resistance a n d h a d gathered up a few prisoners, who we h a d on b o a r d the jeeps, when we r a n i n t o some G e r m a n s d u g i n a r o u n d the road i n a V - t u r n . J u s t as we got there we saw a couple of H e i n i e s a n d stopped the jeeps to t r y a n d take t h e m prisoners. T h e G e r m a n s d u g i n on the roadside opened up a n d our prisoners h i t the d i r t . A s soon as the prisoners were o u t o f the line of fire from their o w n m e n , the G e r m a n s opened up on us. W e were s i t t i n g on those jeeps j u s t like ducks. It was p r e t t y hot for a couple o f minutes. W e got some of the G e r m a n s w i t h the b a z o o k a . I figure we got eight or ten i n t h a t spot a n d there were some wounded i n o u r patrol." Stone, William R., P f c , Intelligence, H d q . C o . , 3rd B n . , 413th Inf., B r i d g e port: " A t B a d L a u t e r b u r g one night a w o m a n came to our P C a n d wanted us to help rescue about 2,000 prisoners who were t r a p p e d i n a n a i r r a i d shelter. W e went along w i t h her a n d we found most of t h e m h a l f suffocated a n d t h a t some h a d died b u t we finished getting t h e m out b y a b o u t 2:30 A . M . W e s t a r t e d back towards the P C following directions given us b y t h i s 8

Rosenthal, Milton J., P f c , C o m b a t E n g i n e e r , C o . A , 329th C o m b a t E n g . Bn., New Haven: " T h e toughest j o b our outfit ever d i d was the erection of a B a i l e y B r i d g e across the Inde R i v e r near D u r e n i n the R u h r sector. T h e G e r m a n s were i n there w i t h constant a r t i l l e r y fire a n d i t took us 24 hours to do what is usually a one-hour j o b . T h e B r o n z e S t a r is for action w i t h a p a t r o l across the R u h r R i v e r two days before c u r a r m y crossed. W e paddled a boat for the i n f a n t r y m e n a n d landed on the G e r m a n side right under a machine gun w h i c h h a d us covered so well we h a d to backtrack." Sebestyen, Louis J., T / 5 , B t r y A , 385th F . A . , B r i d g e p o r t : " I saw the concentration c a m p at Nord¬ hausen. I t made me feel sick to see bodies decaying, stacked five h i g h a n d no effort made to b u r y t h e m . T h e stench was awful. W e took the M a y o r o f L e i p z i g to see the concentration c a m p at D a c h a u . A f t e r he saw i t he went home a n d shot his

w o m a n a n d soon found out t h a t she h a d led us i n t o a n a m b u s h . F o u r of our fellows a n d m y s e l f took a G e r m a n outpost sentry prisoner a n d using h i m as a foil, our group was able to close i n a n d clean o u t two machine gun nests. W e gathered up some prisoners a n d a G e r m a n bazooka t e a m . J u s t t h e n a G e r m a n opened up from b e h i n d us w i t h a bazooka a n d killed eleven of the prisoners we h a d . T h e n we made a break for our lines w h i c h were about 2,000 yards to the rear, j u s t as a H e i n i e stepped out of a n e a r b y d o o r w a y a n d sprayed the road w i t h a n a u t o m a t i c . N e x t m o r n i n g , we went back to the a i r r a i d shelter a n d picked up the w o m a n who h a d led us i n t o the t r a p . A f t e r interrogation, she signed a w r i t t e n confession. A m o n g other things, she said she was a graduate of a N a z i espoinage school for women near V i e n n a . She was a n a t t r a c t i v e w o m a n , spoke v e r y good E n g l i s h a n d said she was 24 years o l d . W e were t o l d later t h a t she h a d been shot as a spy. I w o u l d have shot her m y s e l f t h a t d a y i f I h a d a chance. O u r whole p a t r o l was recommended for the Silver S t a r . " Tator, William A., L t . , Rifle Platoon

Duben. Those Russians are a l l r i g h t , t h e y are good fellows. B u t , when I was really nervous was when I was i n charge of the guard over five to ten m i l l i o n dollars i n silver w h i c h h a d been the p r o p e r t y o f the I. G . F a r b e n Industries at B i t t e r f e l d , Germany. Thompson, John S., P f c , C o . D , 413th

Inf., H a r t f o r d : " M y toughest spot was the R o e r R i v e r crossing i n boats. got the boat. I n our first t r y a shell I n a t h i r d boat we W e got another a n d t h a t

was shot full o f holes. i n a sand bar.

made it one-half w a y across a n d got stuck W e h a d to get out a n d wall. The Antitanks waded the rest o f the way. W e landed u p against a factory were supposed to break a hole so t h a t we could m a k e a quick e n t r y a n d have cover. W e came up against the b l a n k factory w a l l a n d there was no hole, b u t we found a door a n d got i n . W e spent the n i g h t i n the factory. finally The It was n i g h t .

L e a d e r , C o . E , 413th Inf., B r i d g e p o r t : " O n e of the closest shaves I ever h a d was on the R h i n e near Cologne and artillery. where we were caught i n a cross fire of m o r t a r I was k n o c k e d d o w n a n d perblinded t h a t d a y b u t I suffered no m a n e n t injuries. " I w i l l also remember for a long t i m e the first time we were on the receiving end o f rocket fire. I t sounded like freight cars flying t h r o u g h the a i r . T h e n there was the t i m e , as a n A n t i - T a n k P l a t o o n L e a d e r , w i t h the 2nd B a t t a l i o n , when I went o u t on patrol to meet the Russians near 9

next m o r n i n g we found fifteen G e r m a n s i n the same b u i l d i n g . W e d i d n ' t k n o w they were there a n d they d i d n ' t k n o w we were in. T h e y surrendered." Ungar, Jacob, T / 5 , B t r y A , 387th F . A . , after transfer from the 5 t h Armored Division, Hartford: " W e a l l agree almost u n a n i m o u s l y t h a t G e r m a n y is a p r e t t y c o u n t r y a n d the G e r m a n s a clean people p r o b a b l y because t h e y h a d the means to be clean. A s a people or w h a t they stood for, n o . " White, Walter, P f c , G u n n e r , H d q . C o . , 414th Inf. R e g . , W e s t H a r t f o r d : " M y favorite m a n i n this war is our d i v i s i o n commander, M a j . G e n . T e r r y Allen. Y o u c a n have y o u r M a c A r t h u r , y o u r Eisenhower, a n d y o u r N i m i t z . G i v e me ' T e r r i b l e T e r r y ' a n y d a y . H e ' s a b solutely the n u t s ' T h e Russians we met at the E l b e seemed like a p r e t t y good b u n c h o f m e n . I t a l k e d to one R u s s i a n soldier for a while i n the sign language. W e decided we'd like a souvenir from each other, so I gave h i m a dollar a n d he gave me a r u b l e . " Zetterholm, Emil, P f c , R u n n e r , C o . G , 413th Inf., W i n d s o r L o c k s : " I t was on m y b i r t h d a y i n December when I crossed the R u h r R i v e r near A a c h e n w i t h a p a t r o l o f eight m e n . It was snowing h a r d a n d we had on white camouflage suits a n d we were creeping a n d c r a w l i n g t h r o u g h the snow. W e h a d made about two h u n d r e d yards a n d were about fifty yards from a G e r m a n o u t post when a machine gun opened fire. W e threw flares to b r i n g i n our m o r t a r fire, to box us i n . W i t h our platoon leader a n d three other m e n I crept up to the outpost a n d we got two prisoners. F o r t h a t I got a certificate of m e r i t . " 10

Zimmer, "I was

Johnathan, with the

P f c , M . P . , Reg. regiment military prisoners

H d q . , a n d C o . C , 413th Inf., B r i d g e p o r t : police squad a n d we h a n d l e d , after t h e y h a d been c a p t u r e d , the 21,000 little trouble. t a k e n b y this regiment. T h e y gave us v e r y A s prisoners o f war t h e y Some were supposed were v e r y docile.

to have been arrogant b u t while t h e y were i n our hands t h e y were p r e t t y well demoralized. W e h a n d l e d a few G e r m a n I w o u l d say t h a t b y the women i n a r m y uniforms, something like our W A C ' s , I guess. the t i m e they get back o f the lines after long spells o f poor food a n d after American artillery had broken down their morale, those we h a d a l l a d m i t t e d G e r m a n y was k a p u t . "

TIMBERWOLVES IN ACTION
T h e record of the 104th i n a c t i o n has been well a n d briefly t o l d b y its colorful commander General Terry de la M. A l l e n , i n the order o f the d a y , dated A p r i l 23, 1945, a n d r e p r i n t e d here: " T h i s date six months of m a r k s the completion continuous combat of for R i v e r a n d the d r i v e to the M a a s R i v e r . T h e esteem i n w h i c h the Timberwolves were held b y our B r i t i s h Allies is i n d i c a t e d b y a c o m m e n d a t i o n received from L i e u tenant G e n e r a l G . G . S i m o n d s , c o m m a n d ing the F i r s t C a n a d i a n A r m y . " T h e d i v i s i o n then m o v e d i m m e d i a t e l y to the A a c h e n Sector i n G e r m a n y , where it relieved the 1st I n f a n t r y D i v i s i o n , i n the the to the V I I C o r p s o f the F i r s t U . S. A r m y . The T i m b e r w o l v e s j u m p e d off 16 N o v e m b e r i n the d r i v e to the R o e r , as p a r t o f the V I I Corps, with the veteran 1st and 4th I n f a n t r y D i v i s i o n a n d the 3d A r m o r e d
11

the T i m b e r w o l f D i v i s i o n .

Y o u m a y well

be proud of y o u r c o m b a t record. "In its i n i t i a l c o m b a t operation,

D i v i s i o n fought w i t h the F i r s t C a n a d i a n A r m y into H o l l a n d from 23 October 8 November 1944, spearheading

I B r i t i s h C o r p s i n the crossing of the M a r k

D i v i s i o n . T h e true c o m b a t effectiveness o f the T i m b e r w o l v e s was clearly indicated b y a c o m m e n d a t i o n from L i e u t e n a n t General J . L a w t o n Collins, commanding the V I I C o r p s . " T h e d i v i s i o n , then operating under the X I X C o r p s of the N i n t h A r m y , occupied a defensive sector on the R o e r , opposite D u r e n , d u r i n g the t r y i n g days from 16 December 1944 u n t i l 23 F e b r u a r y 1945. A n aggressive defense was m a i n t a i n e d to b l o c k the critical G e r m a n route of a d vance to A a c h e n . T i m b e r w o l f patrols completely d o m i n a t e d the R o e r . " T h e d i v i s i o n again operated w i t h the V I I C o r p s of the F i r s t A r m y , i n the d r i v e to Cologne, w h i c h started 23 F e b r u a r y w i t h the crossing of the R o e r a n d the seizure of D u r e n a n d H u c h e m - S t a m m e l n , and c u l m i n a t e d i n the capture of Cologne, 7 M a r c h 1945. T h e d r i v e was characterized b y constant d a y a n d n i g h t pressure, s h a r p l y executed n i g h t a t t a c k s a n d s k i l l ful use of s u p p o r t i n g fires. " T h e d i v i s i o n crossed the R h i n e a t H o n n e f i n the R e m a g e n bridgehead on 22 M a r c h . C o n t i n u i n g to operate w i t h the V I I C o r p s , a r a p i d advance of 193 miles i n 9 days was made eastward a n d n o r t h to P a d e r b o r n . I n i t i a l e n e m y resistance was overcome i n a series of n i g h t a t t a c k s . 12

Thereafter the d i v i s i o n followed i n close support o f the 3 r d A r m o r e d D i v i s i o n a n d was p a r t i c u l a r l y effective i n aggressively protecting the west flank of the V I I Corps. A f t e r reaching the P a d e r b o r n area, the d r i v e was resumed to the east, i n a n u n i n t e r r u p t e d advance of 175 miles i n 15 days. It i n c l u d e d the crossing o f the Weser a n d Saale R i v e r s a n d the c a p ture o f H a l l e , B i t t e r f e l d a n d D e l i t z s c h , and c u l m i n a t e d i n the seizure of assigned objectives on the M u l d e R i v e r . C o n t a c t is now m o m e n t a r i l y expected w i t h our R u s s i a n Allies a p p r o a c h i n g from the east. " B a t t l e accomplishments o f the T i m b e r wolf D i v i s i o n have been characterized b y the t e n a c i t y , s k i l l , t e a m w o r k a n d d e v o t i o n to d u t y of all c o m b a t a n d service elements, and b y the efficient f u n c t i o n i n g of all staff sections. T h e 750th T a n k B a t t a l i o n , 817th T D B a t t a l i o n a n d the 555th A A A B a t t a l i o n rendered effective support a t all times. " I a m p r o u d indeed to have c o m m a n d e d the T i m b e r w o l f D i v i s i o n t h r o u g h its final year of t r a i n i n g a n d d u r i n g six m o n t h s of arduous combat. Y o u have l i v e d u p to y o u r b a t t l e slogan, ' N o t h i n g In H e l l M u s t S t o p T h e T i m b e r w o l v e s . ' M y sincere t h a n k s goes to y o u a l l for y o u r unfailing l o y a l s u p p o r t . "

104th DIVISION PICTURES
Home Again — T i m b e r w o l v e s lined the r a i l of the transport Monterey when she docked a t S t a t e n Island a n d was photographed, as reproduced o n the C o v e r . First Home — T h e advanced d e t a c h m e n t a r r i v e d J u n e 2 6 t h , as p i c t u r e d on Page 12, on the transport Monticello. Artillery Officers — L t . M . J . Y o u n g of N e w Y o r k C i t y and C a p t a i n R o y W . J o h n s o n o f A m i t y v i l l e , L . I., b o t h of 104th D i v i s i o n A r t i l l e r y H e a d q u a r t e r s , inspect souvenir sabre on deck of the Monterey (Page 4.) 415th Infantry — T w e n t y C o n n e c t i c u t m e n o f the 415th p i c t u r e d at D e v e n s ready to take off for home (Page 5). Infantry Officers — S t a n d i n g , left to r i g h t : 1st L t . A r t h u r N . D a n s e r e a u , C o . K , 414th I n f a n t r y ; 1st L t . J o h n Rimo¬ sukas, C o . B , 414th I n f a n t r y ; C a p t . J o h n G . V a s i l a k e , S v . C o . , 415th I n f a n t r y . Seated: 1st L t . W i l l a r d F a i s h o f M a n chester arid C a p t . F e l i x Z a n i e w s k i o f N e w H a v e n , both of 5th Corps Headquarters (Page 6). 414th Infantry — F o r t y C o n n e c t i c u t m e n of the 414th pictured at F o r t D e v e n s (page 7). Music on the Dock — W a i t i n g on the S t a t e n Island docks for trains to C a m p K i l m e r , m e n of the 104th D i v i s i o n B a n d provide a little music from the F r e n c h h o r n (Page 8), a n d the accordion (Page 9). Down the Gangplank — C o m e the M e n of the 104th barracks bags aloft (Page 10). All Aboard — T i m b e r w o l v e s for C a m p K i l m e r (Page 11). entrain

THE CONNECTICUT MEN
T h e names of the following officers a n d m e n from the 104th D i v i s i o n were c o m p i l e d from available official records a n d b y personal i n t e r v i e w . Omissions of the names of some of the m e n of the D i v i s i o n is, regrettably, possible, despite every effort made to secure a complete roster of C o n n e c t i c u t m e n . A N A S T A S I O , Antonio R . A N D E R A , Steven H . A N D E R S O N , Herman J . A N D E R S O N , Raymond W. A N D R E W S , W. L. B A R N E T T , William H . BASSI, Harold A. B A T E , John C. B A T U R A , Jacob B E A U R E G A R D , George Pvt. Cpl. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Cpl. Pfc. Pfc. 13 252 A t w a t e r S t . , N e w H a v e n 152 R e m i n g t o n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t Crystal Lake R d . , Middletown Brandy H i l l , Torrington Prospect H i l l R d . , W i n d s o r 1011 Congress S t . , Fairfield 62 S i x t h S t . , D e r b y 65 P y t h i a n A v e . , T o r r i n g t o n 16 L o c u s t S t . , M e r i d e n 11 G r o v e S t . , W a u r e g a n

B E N T L E Y , Joseph R . B I O N D I N O , Michael J . B O B K O , Joseph B O L T O N , Morton D. B R O T H E R S , Albert J . B R O W N , George F . C A G I A N E L L O , John L . C A L A M I T A , Francis R . C A R R O L L , Raymond B. C A R R O Z Z E L L A , Angelo P . C A S H M A N , T i m o t h y S. C H R I S T E N S E N , L . F. C H R O M I K , Martin R. C H R Z A N O W S K I , Peter P . C L I F F O R D , James T . C O E , Ronald E . C O L L I N S , Daniel F. J r . C O S T A N Z O , Frank J . C R A I N , Charles M . C R A T T Y , George F . D A N S E R E A U , Arthur N . D E B O U V I E R , Robert L . D E L E A U R A , Albert D E L U C O , John P. D E R O S A , Arthur F. D I L O R E N Z O , John A . D O N N E L L Y , William E . D O N O V A N , John G. D R O U I N , Anire J . D U B R A V A , Frank J . D U N G A N , Ronald W . D U P R A T , Robert J . E R I K S E N , Wilden T. E T T I N G E R , Wolfgang C . E V A N S , Richard J . F I C A R O , Paul F I N N E Y , Warner A . F I O R I T O , Peter A . F O E R C H , Donald J r . F R A S E R , Duncan H . F R I T Z , George J . G A N C H E R , Elias G A Y L O R D , Alan C. G E N D A L L , George R .

Cpl. Pfc. Cpl. M/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pvt. Pvt. Pfc. T/4 Pfc. Pfc. T/5 Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. 1st L t . Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. M/Sgt. Pfc. Cpl. Sgt. Cpl. Sgt. Sgt. T/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. T/4 Pfc. Pfc. Cpl. T/5 Pfc. Pfc.

351 G r e e n w i c h A v e . , N e w H a v e n 11 15 Spruce S t . , S t a m f o r d B l d g . 39, Y e l l o w M i l l V i l l a g e , B r i d g e p o r t H u n t i n g Ridge R d . , Stamford N o r t h Westchester R F D 1, C o r n w a l l B r i d g e 204 O t i s S t . , H a r t f o r d 724 S a v i n A v e . , W e s t H a v e n 19 A u t u m n S t . , M a n c h e s t e r 16 State S t . , W i n d s o r L o c k s 89 Sumner S t . , H a r t f o r d 41 C e n t r a l A v e . , E a s t H a r t f o r d 170 E l i z a b e t h S t . , D e r b y 1 M e r r i t St., Ansonia 449 B l o h m A v e . , W e s t H a v e n General Delivery, D u r h a m 31 Springside A v e . , E a s t H a r t f o r d 88 C l a r k S t . , H a r t f o r d 56 W i l l i a m s S t . , N o r w i c h 11 C o t t a g e St., R o c k v i l l e 51 E a s t L i b e r t y S t . , W a t e r b u r y 5 E l m Place, G l e n b r o o k 58 C o u n t r y C l u b R d . , G r o t o n 19 D o v e r R d . , M a n c h e s t e r 106 O l i v i a St., D e r b y 772 Success A v e . , S t r a t f o r d R F D 3, M i l f o r d 23 B o n n e r S t . , H a r t f o r d 107 B a b c o c k S t . , H a r t f o r d 108 H i l l S t . , Shelton 56 E l m s f i e l d St., E l m w o o d 28 V a l l e y S t . E x t . , W i l l i m a n t i c 40 C o n e , N i a n t i c R i v e r R d . , N i a n t i c 1543 N o r t h A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 52 M a i n S t . , W e s t H a v e n 32 M a p l e A v e . , H a r t f o r d 141 M i l b a n k A v e . , G r e e n w i c h 90 V i e w S t . , B r i s t o l Glenwood R d . , Clinton R F D 3, Salem-Colchester 181 R h o d e s S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 275 N o . M a i n S t . , W a t e r b u r y 190 N o r t h S t . , M i l f o r d 27 T h o r n t o n S t . , H a m d e n

14

G I L B E R T , Earl J . G L A S G O W , Oleg B . G O Z Z O , Corado G R E E N W O O D , Stanley J . H A D D A D , Frederick C . H A I G H T , Frederick H A N S O N , Paul H . H A R T W E L L , Herman G. H O L D E R , Arthur L . H O P K I N S , Edwin W. H O W E L L , Ned W. I A N N U C C I , Stephen M . J A K S I N A , Casimer K . J O H N S O N , Roy A. K A R P O W I C Z , Edward E . K E L L Y , Harold M . K R A L I C , Joseph K R I E G E R , Edwin C. K R O M I S H , Mike J . K U L B O R S H , Merwin R. L A C K M A N , Robert A . L A M M U C C I , Stephen M . L A N E , William H . Jr. L A P O I N T E , Lucien J . L E V I N E , William E . L O N D A , D a n i e l S. L Y O N S , Francis H . M A C H E R N I S , Edward A. M A D D E N , Harry M A R C U S , Joseph A . M A R S H A L L , Henry L . M C M A H O N , Patrick W . M C M A N O N , John J . M C M A N U S , James J . M C N I S H , Robert L . M E R R I T T , Robert D . M E R R O W , Harry F., M I S N E R , David M . M O N T A L T O , Peter P . M O R A N , Francis R . N O L A N , John P. O ' H A R A , Robert W . O K T A V E C , Frank J . P A R K I N S O N , James J .

Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pvt. S/Sgt. Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Sgt. Pvt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pvt. Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pvt. Cpl. S/Sgt. Sgt. T/5 Pfc. Sgt. Sgt. Pfc. Major Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. S/Sgt. Pfc.

B o x 155, Prospect A v e . , M o o s u p 734 H o w a r d A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 469 B r o a d S t . , H a r t f o r d 20 W h a l b u r n A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 138 C h e r r y S t . , W a t e r b u r y 1125 E n f i e l d S t . , T h o m p s o n v i l l e 668 Russel S t . , N e w H a v e n 81 Greenwood A v e . , B e t h e l South E n d Ave., D u r h a m 10 Webster S t . , R o c k v i l l e 71 B r o a d S t . , Danielson 6 Hedge St., N e w H a v e n 179 B r o a d S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 14 I n g r a m S t . , H a m d e n 259 L a u r e l S t . , E a s t H a v e n B o x 85, R i v e r t o n 870 H o p e S t . , Springdale 144 W a s h i n g t o n S t . , N o r w i c h 20 L i n w o o d A v e . , Colchester 85 Prescott S t . , T o r r i n g t o n Jackson St., Thomaston 6 Hedge St., N e w H a v e n 467 G l e n b r o o k R d . , S t a m f o r d R F D 1, T u n n e l R d . , R o c k v i l l e 21 A n d o v e r S t . , H a r t f o r d 16 M o s s A v e . , D a n b u r y 1073 E . M a i n S t . , W a t e r b u r y Machtown R d . , Windsor 128 Bissell S t . , M a n c h e s t e r 40 Roosevelt S t . , Bridgeport L e M a n o r , R F D 1, M a d i s o n 329 O a k S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 136 C h a t h a m S t . , N e w H a v e n 54 T e m p l e t o n S t . , W e s t H a v e n 27 M o u l t h r o p S t . , A n s o n i a 338 H a n o v e r S t . , Bridgeport George S t . , B r i s t o l 34 E a s t A v e . , N o r w a l k 104 C h a r r o n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 172 Beacon A v e . , N e w H a v e n L i b e r t y St., C l i n t o n 21 W i l l i a m s S t . , H a r t f o r d General Delivery, Higganum 1 G a l l u p S t . , Plainfield

15

P I A Z Z A , Peter C . P I N G , Geng P I N S K Y , Joseph D . P J U R A , John J . P O N T A , Anthony M . P O U L O S , Frank P. R E I L L Y , William E . R E N T A L , Chester F . R I M O S U K A S , John J . R I O , Samuel R . R O S E N T H A L , Milton J . R U B C H A N S K Y , Harry S A V O , Angelo R . SCI A L L A , Carmen S C U L L Y , William F. S E B E S T Y E N , Louis J . S L O A N , Samuel S M I T H , Samuel Z. S T A B I L E , Joseph F . S T A N N A R D , Warren H . R. S T A R K , Philip S T E L L U T S , Anthony G . S T E R N B E R G , Ademor P . S T E V E N S O N , Robert M . S T O N E , James F . S T O N E , William R. S T O R T I , Joseph S Z Y M A N S K I , Henry J . T A T O R , William A. T H O M A S , Raymond H . Jr. T H O M P S O N , J o h n S. T R Z C I N S K I , Edward C. U N G A R , Jacob V A S I L A K E , John G. V A S Q U E S , Anthony J . W H I T E , Walter W I L C O X , William C. W I L L I A M S , Fred C. W I T H E R E L L , George F . Z A C H A R E L L I S , William Z A H A R I S , Vasilios S. Z E B R O S K I , J o h n S. Z E T T E R H O L M , Emil Z I M M E R , Johnathan

Sgt. T/4 Pfc. Pfc. T/5 Pvt. S/Sgt. Pfc. 1st L t . Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. S/Sgt. T/5 Pfc. S/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. Sgt. Pfc. S/Sgt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Lt. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. T/5 Capt. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. Pfc. S/Sgt. T/4 Pfc. Pfc. Pfc.

188 E l m S t . , T h o m a s t o n 1386 F a r m i n g t o n A v e . , W e s t H a r t f o r d 29 Winchester S t . , H a r t f o r d 66 H a m i l t o n S t . , B r i d g e p o r t Warrenville, Conn. 9 Hillside Ave., Middletown 666 H i g h S t . , N a u g a t u c k 20 E l t o n S t . , N e w B r i t a i n Windsor 10 U n i o n S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 336 George S t . , N e w H a v e n 150 W e s t S t . , N e w H a v e n 33 B i s h o p S t . , N e w H a v e n 266 H u m p h r e y S t . , N e w H a v e n 64 L a w r e n c e S t . , H a r t f o r d 6 633 P i n e S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 672 H o w a r d A v e . , N e w H a v e n 208 Westfield A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 68 W a s h i n g t o n A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 2061 W h i t n e y A v e . , H a m d e n 230 E d g e w o o d A v e . , N e w H a v e n 50 M e a d o w S t . , So. N o r w a l k Guilford 56 L e s t e r S t . , W e s t H a v e n 294 C a l i f o r n i a S t . , S t r a t f o r d 96 B o n d S t . , B r i d g e p o r t 30 B r o w n A v e . , S t a m f o r d Fitchville R d . , Yantic 20 B r o o k t a w A v e . , B r i d g e p o r t 39 H o l b r o o k S t . , A n s o n i a 114 F r a n c i s A v e . , H a r t f o r d 12 L y m a n S t . , N e w B r i t a i n 36 L e b a n o n S t . , H a r t f o r d 100 B r o a d w a y , M i l f o r d Imperial Ave., Westport 191 So. H i g h l a n d S t . , W e s t H a r t f o r d R F D 1, D a n b u r y Saybrook R d . , M i d d l e t o w n 797 W o l c o t t H i l l R d . , Wethersfield 1567 C h a p e l S t . , N e w H a v e n 655 Pacific S t . , S t a m f o r d 236 C h a r t e r O a k T e r . , H a r t f o r d 22 E l m P l a i n s , W i n d s o r L o c k s 217 L a u r e l S t . , B r i d g e p o r t