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    Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy

    Yes Roque. Sure brings back old memories. It was a wonder there were any chichens, ducks or geese left in Europe when we got done there. Seems like here was always a "open season" on them when ever possible to cook. I also recall that damn black bread load we occasionally "found" when we got into Germany. However with a couple of eggs with it it was a chefs meal to us also. But chicken or duck was great. Main problem I recall was "finding" enough fat or lard for frying anything. Anything, sure beat the diet of C and K rations.
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    Marion: Not to be a nit picker, but 2 of these pics look like "helmet liners. Never saw a "helmet liner" with a isnige on it. Helmets, yes. Liners, no. At least not in a combat zone. Usually only on the steel helmet except for M.P.'s well back in the cities.
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    US Army Divisions Print - History Shots

    Marion: Excellent chart on the Divisional units. However it does make one wonder just whar in hell "days of combat" consisted of in interperterting this phrase. Looking at the chart I see the 3rd Inf. Div had 531 days of combat yet sustained 25,977 battle casualties and the 32nd Inf. had 654 "days of combat" yet only sustained 7,268 battle casualties. Also, the 4th Inf Div sustained 22,660 battle casualties and was not in the top 10 of "days of combat. Also noticed the 101 A.B. Div was not listed in the casualty count or the "days of combat" . Kinda makes one wonder about the true meaning of what "days of combat" really is and its true meaning. But gal, these facts sure opened my eyes in a way.
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    HQ 2832 Engs (540th) Rhine River Crossing

    Yes, remember it well I'm afraid. While crossing the Rhine River was bad it got worse after getting across. No armored support for quite a while although it was expected and planned for. High casualties in our Inf. company. Thats my recollection as a 7th Reg. Inf. rifleman .
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    July 1945 When do we get to go home

    Marion: I cant help but think this was a childrens temper tandrem. The ETO war was only about 7 weeks done, fighting in the PTO was still going on and everyone knew damn right well we had signed for the duration of hostilities plus 6 months and the war was not over, in fact hoting up and talk about the Japanese Invasion. From what I saw, we were just glad we were not being shot at lately, and most of our worries were about being sent to the PTO to continue fighting after a nice long R&R period. I guess it depends on ones point of view and mine was as a Infantry rifleman not under fire and adverse conditions of living. To us, we just waited, hoped and prayed we would not get into combat again. Sure, we were all anxious to get home but the waiting was just part of war. Cant help but wonder how many line outfits had a Enlisted Mans Club 6 weeks after the war in ETO ended.. We sure didnt. A war was still going on, remember.
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    WW2 A-2 leather flight jacket

    Here is the jacket label closeup pic. Seems like I am getting tired of having to apply mink oil treatment yearly to it and being a size, 36 it just dont fit me.
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    Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy

    Marion: I think if anyone knows about the fighting in Italy it would be Roque. I was lucky having missed all of Italian campaign and joined the 3rd Inf Div in France as a Infantry casualty replacement after the 3rd Inf Div. moved into France, then through Germany and into Austria. Roques 34th Div was left in Italy to continue the fighting there without the 3rd, 36th and 45th Div plus some others. Perhaps he will add to the Italian campaign as he knows it well. Hint, hint, Roque.. Hey Roque, some of us had to check out those Mamsells and Frauelines and raid the good booze caches in France, Germany and Austria in the places we took. Isnt that the job a dogface rifleman is supposed to do??
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    Joe - Great article on the 3rd Inf Div

    Many thanks. Sure would be interested in reading it. Hmmm, Aug 11 '45. Was in Fulda, Germany getting ready for a R&R of a weeek in Paris where I was on V.J. Day. I will make sure Recon gets it also.
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    only German soldier in Arlington

    Correct Marion. Very curious to have a Kraut soldier burried in Arlington. Kinda wonder if it seemed proper at that time. Surely I can see a cemetary/semetaries for Kraut soldiers here, but Arlington ?????? And in 1946??? I wonder if any U.S. G.I.'s were interred in German cemetaries along with German soldiers ??? Needs looking into.
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    only German soldier in Arlington

    There surely must be more to the story. Such as why he wasnt reurned at wars end and why was he burried in Arllingon. Surely some Kraut POW's died in captivity in the U.S. but I dont believe they were burried at Arlington. Why just this one?. Looks like we need a good history researcher here?? Also it brings up a interesting question. Where were the POW's who were held in the U.S prison camps that died burried and were the remains ever sent back to Germany after the war??
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    Alaska's Bloodiest battle

    Dogone. Must have missed it. Little has been posted on the fighting o n the Alethusian islands in WW 2. Just how many troops from each side were involved and just what were our and their casualties in thiese battles. And how long the battles involve?? Seems to be a non publiced part of the war.? Looks like a a part of the war not much publicied. Wonder why not.?
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    Paris 1945

    Jim Hennessey: Small world ? I also was in Paris for VJ day and arrived on a 5 day R&R just a day prior to VJ day. It sure was one wide open town for a few days with the celibrations. I stayed at the Hotel Trans Atlantic along with many other G.I.'s.. Was in a subway car (Metro ??) and heard a lot of civilians cheering, one had a newspaper and I could read the BIG headlines "Finne Le Guerre" . This news meant I had survived the war and no chance of a trip to the PTO. Thank God. Had enough in the ETO. Then just waiting to go home to NJ.
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    Shame on me

    Charles: Welcome aboard. We needed some new blood here. Some of us old ww2 critters lseem to grow older. Now, as next of kin you should contact the county Clerks Office where your dad was living when discharged as he probably had his discharge Recorded there. Most of us did that. As next of kin you can obtain a copy of his discharge which should give you more facts. Wiith this information you can contact St. Louis MO and recieve a re- issue of all his medals.
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    Good Friends

    Jim: Welcome to the forum from another old ww2 dogface (from the 3rd Inf Div in the ETO.. Glad to have you with us.. I am also a Jersey guy.
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    Hey Roque: It also makes a damn good midnite snack on saltines and topped off with a bit of medium hot salsa. Prefer mine with a Jack Daniels and water to cool things down a bit. A midnite raid on the icebox (pardon me refrigerator) is quite common. But, actually, we rarely had hot (warm) meals and each was a special treat, specially ground coffee which somehow they managed to keep reasonably hot. A real treat after a steady diet of K and C rations and powdered coffee. I think you will agree Roque.
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    Berchtesgaden - The Eagles Nest

    Damn it to hell, just when I thought all was laid to rest on Berchtesgaden I get a letter from the 3rd Inf. Div Historic Society.::: Gentlemen, Richard Winters, former CO of Easy Company 506th PIR, of Band of Brothers fame, has written a new book. In it he still disputes the capture of Berchtesgarden by the 7th. After consulting with Sherm Pratt we decided to answer him with the attached letter. ROCK OF THE MARNE, Mike I dont really know if the "Band of Brothers" movie brought this on or what, once again. I have the complete letter to Mr. W inters from the Society of the 3rd Inf Div. but will not post it unless requested. Seems to me that times and dates and facts are history, as proven finally.. Seems to me that once again, if it wasnt done by Airborne, special Forces, Rangers, or the likes it wasnt done. And no one else could do it but them. Kinda wonder just why it was the 3rd Inf put up the flag on May 5 '45.
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    Points system WWII

    Roque: Not sure just how many points I had, but not enough for a immediate return home as I only joined the 3rd in France, great majoriy of us in the company were replacements. Very few were old timers like you and Recon in the Infantry. I never much cared for the way this Point system was set up. Never figured it held much value for those of us that were in continual combat, suffering by far the most casualties and existing in continual bad conditions. Always wondered why the C.I.B. recieved no points . Seems to me that this system catered to the "rear support troops" who usually lmust have been bored at waiting for wars end. Oh well, its done and over long ago. Besides, just waiting to go home without being shot at anymore was O.K. with me. I sometimes wonder just what the "average points" were for the Combat Infantryman was at wars end against other soldiers "average points".. Let alone their "life expectancy" in days, weeks or months.. Might be interesting. Seems to me that Marions post afrom Chris Andersons WW 2 magazine :: " most deserving soldiers cooling their heels in the cigarette camps. GIs who had been in combat since Normandy or even earlier were stuck, while others who had not even heard a shot fired in anger found themselves in the States. " . HOW DAMN TRUE.. There are POINTS and there are POINTS. But one hell of a big difference on how one got them.
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    Berchtesgaden - The Eagles Nest

    Roque old buddy. many thanks. I was hoping this topic would die on the vine. Seems like to many B.O.B. movie watchers dont give up. If Ike AND the Commander of the 101 A.B. at that time agree with this fact, what in hell is the problem?? " In his book, "Crusade in Europe", on page 418, Gen Ike wrote, "On May 4th....the Third Division captured Berchtesgaden," In General Maxwell Taylor’s memoir "Swords and Plowshares", wrote, in part, on page 106, "On May 4th the Division (Taylor’s 101st Airborne) received an order to move on Berchtesgaden....unfortunately a bridge was destroyed on our side of the autobahn so that the 3rd Division got to Berchtesgaden ahead of us on the after-noon of May 4th." Can more be said on the subjec t? I know, the truth seems to hurt some.
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    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    I just cant figure why so many non-infantrymen want the C.I.B.. It was quite easy to get. Just ask for a transfer to the Infantry and go into combat continually. Your only job is just to take ground and keep ground day in and day out. Nothing else. Also living under conditions continually no one else wants. Not to mention, having two thirds of all casualties in ww 2. Just maybe , thats why it is for INFANTRYMEN that did this type of work as a STEADY DIET, day in day out. Not as a occasional thing for a short period of time. In doubt?? Check casualty reports as a whole.. The Regs. were simple. You had to be Infantry to start with.
  20. Sorry guys. He was not a "Soldiers General" to me but a fame seeker who could not live without a war. I feel that well over the halfway mark (of combat soldiers) had little use for him and his glory seeking. As far as his " He did kick some a**! ", actually he himself did no azz kicking to the enemy as a person. His lavish living conditions and his ivory handled Colt single action revolver didnt set well with the Dogfaces.. Granted, R.H.I P. , but he overdid it. Yes, BTDT in WW 2 as a Dogface infantryman.
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    New guy

    Welcome aboard Brian, from another "gun nut" and a ww2 Inf. vet. I'm still shooting and reloading even yet.
  22. Marion: Hopefully I have a good new member comming. RoqueRJiojas. Another old ww2 dogface rifleman who landed in Africa and went through to wars end.
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    Explosives/Demolitions Codes?

    O.K. : Just from memory of over 60 years ago when I was in the Combat Engineers and did not finish the training as almost of us were transferred to the Infantry as Infantry casualty replacements. "Blasting caps" were both electrical or fuse type and contained fulmanite of mercury. The explosives I recall were TNY, usually in 1/2 lb blocks, dynamite in different nitro perchentages, amoniam nitrate, and nitro starch, plus maybe others. Also compsition C and composition C2 the plastic explosives that gave one a headache from handling. Prima-cord (which "burned" at about a rate of 2000 feet per second) and 4 wraps on a 6 inch tree would cut off the tree or pole.. Also the "satchel charges" in canvas bags of of different weights. We were also taught the different types of booby trap fuses such as the pressure type, the trip type, and the release type (if the trip wire was cut ). Also the anti tank mines (Tellar mines and the likes) and the anti personel mines such as schu mines, bounching betty, and the infamous "castrator" mines. Somewhere I have my olld notebook from then and will look for it. The anti tank Tellar mine also had a booby trap well in it and sometimes used to discourage removing the mine. If some of my spellings are incorrect please forgive me as it has been 60 years ago.. And by the way, "safety time fuse" would not light with a match as many movies show (unless it was split and a match held in the split and struck) usually a pull ignighter was used for fuse. to start it burning to the crimped on blasting cap at its end.. Often wonder how Clint Eastwood did it with a lit cigar. "FIRE IN THE HOLE".
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    C & K rations

    Roque old friend: Far as I reolect on K rations. Breakfast: Coffe packet, sugar, fruit bar, crackers, cigarettes (6?) some kind of meat, possibly with chopped eggs. Lunch: can of cheese, crackers, candy or gum, cigarettes, lemon powder (ugh) matches in each ration,.. Supper can of meat, crackers, cigarettes, bullion powder, choclate bar?. Its best I can remember. One of them had toilet tissue in it, forget which. Maybe you can add to it from memory. Hope I answered your question. One of them, either the K or C rations or maybe both also had water purifying tabs in it. Been over 60 years ago. Seems to me, the earlier C ration breakfast had a decent tin of powdered coffee in it with sugar packets which would really open ones eyes if you could heat it in a canteen cup.
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    Radio Operators

    No. no I am not confused a bit. The back pack SCT-300 was self padded with its own carrying harness as a unit. (called a walkie talkie).. the hand held SCR-536 was much smaller by far and had one strap for carrying over the shoulder. (Called the handi talkie).. Check out the web site http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/page100.html Only thing I found incorrect on this site is to me they slightly underestimated the range of the 300 and overesimated the range of the 536 radios.