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    'WEREWOLVES' IN post-WWII GERMANY

    Retired Officers on C SPAN etc. seem to be the most misguided bunch I have ever listened to . Maybe they are well paid by the studio and read what is put before them as fact.
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    'WEREWOLVES' IN post-WWII GERMANY

    What a bunch of dam foolishness. I spent quite a few months in Austria and Germany at wars end while waiting to go home and I never saw or heard any true accounts of Wherewolve damage. Several roumers but no facts. I doubt that much damage or deaths was done by them. Most Germans were damn thankfull to be in the American Zone of Occupation and not in the Russian Zone .
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    US Army Divisions Print - History Shots

    "Please note that I NEVER MAKE-UP statistics." I know this very well Marion and want it kep the same. What I cant find on the internet is any casualty stats on the Airborne Divisions or Marine Divs. Possibly the A.B. Div stats are in with the Infantry Div stats and dont show up. Marine stats are mixed in with the Navy stats.
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    US Army Divisions Print - History Shots

    Marion: Your figures on casualties by Divs. in WW 2 leaves out the Marine Divs, and possibly (?) the Airborne Divs. This is going back about a year or so you posted it. " Casualties The ten divisions with the most battle casualties are presented below. Casualties are defined as killed in action, wounded in action, captured and interned, and missing in action. Casualties - Division - Theater 25,977 - 3rd Infantry Division - Mediterranean & European 23,277 - 9th Infantry Division - Mediterranean & European 22,660 - 4th Infantry Division - European 20,993 - 45th Infantry Division - Mediterranean & European 20,659 - 1st Infantry Division - Mediterranean & European 20,620 - 29th Infantry Division - European 19,466 - 36th Infantry Division - Mediterranean & European 19,200 - 90th Infantry Division - European 18,446 - 30th Infantry Division - European 17,087 - 80th Infantry Division - European Source: Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle Deaths in World War II, Final Report, 1 December 1941 - 31 December 1946. This post has been edited by Walt's Daughter: Apr 26 2006, 05:42 PM Also seems to have left out the 34 Inf Div in the ETO which I belive also had high casualties. Any figures on the Airborne Divs (or where they included in Infantry Divs which none showed up) and the Marine Divs in the PTO . Surely the Airborne Divs should have had high casualties along with the Marine Divs. Please, official records only or acreditied historians.
  5. sonof a MP: Please do not use that P.C. phrase " And I Eat Raw Meat For Breakfast E'V'RY Day ". The true, original, and only version reads, : " and I eat a kraut for breakfast every day". Also, we of the 3rd ID made up a parody for the ending of our song. Not the original: " " So Feed Me Ammunition Keep Me In The Third Division " Your Dog Face Soldier's A-Okay". It was, " so give my ammunition to the forth fifth division, and send me to the USA ". I know these facts to be true as I was a Infantry rifleman in the 3rd I.D. from France till wars end..
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    Weather Conditions

    Yeah guys, that was one hell of a winter. I read later it was the worst one in over 50 years. Seems like we had as many non-battle casualies as we had batle casualties. Mostly pneumonia, trench foot, frostbite and frozen feet. It was really bad for the wounded guys. Finaly spring sprung then only mostly mud which was a change. When we finally got to Berchtesgaden (Obersalz) , the Eagles nest in early May, lots of snow on the ground. Lower elevations though, were bare . Remember the wet socks put inside the shirt to dry trick? At least they were warm and dry for a while.
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    losing weight in the ETO

    " http://www.medalofhonor.com/RussellDunham.htm " . Quite true Marion. Staff Sgt. (then) Russ Dunham, I Co. 30 Inf Reg did this act in Jan '45 in France. He was one of the 36 M.O.H. awards in our Division. He was also promoted ot T/Sgt. later.
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    Wearing of Medal Ribbons

    Like the sarge, ribbons, ribbons. Damn few mean much. In the past 15 years I just give up on knowing what a chestulll of ribbons means. Attended class most of the time ribbon, never late much for reville ribbon, re enlistment bonus ribbon and God knows only what ribbon. Ribbon makers must be making a fortune.. Bad enough when they came out with the Good Conduct Ribbon but this is carring things a bit far as of lately. One needs a complete scorecard.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Still unable to contact Russ Cloer (3-7-I Recon ) for about 2 years but figured his picture also belonged posted here. Russ was Platoon Leader of the I&R Platoon 7th Inf Reg. Pic taken in the Colmar pocket, France during the '44-45 winter.. One of the worst winters in history in Europe.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    "Roque:- I am at the stage where I can still chase and eye the ladies but I'll be damned if I can remember what to do if I catch one. Can you give me a clue?? Sgtleo BangHead.gif SGTLEO, SIT BACK AND CRY, I DO A LOT OF THAT LATELY. .. ROQUE Lets face it guys, we can "chase", (look and wish ), but thats almost it anymore. Now back a while (60+ years ago) in France and Germany, thats something different. When I was young and single. But thats a different story left alone. And on return back home, thats another story left alone. Been happily married for over 57 years though..
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Larry: Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did. The 3 of us have never met in our life but our short military years of wartime service were pretty similar so to speak. To me (and probally Roque and the Sarge) my service was divided into 3 parts mainly. Basic training, serving as a Infantry rifleman in WW2, and waiting to get back home AND OUT. Each part had interesing happenings an both good and bad memories. Sure, we gripped and bitched, sometime had a humour some dont understand. But when a dogface stopped gripping and bitching there was a big problem. I think Bill Mauldins WW 2 cartoon drawings show this quite well also. The "trade" we were taught was simple. Take and hold ground, to put it nicely.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    O.K. guys, listen up as the Sarge said. Maybe we are acting like riff raff and taking up too much computer space and time to sit back and listen, but it was good to just plain bitch and moan for a while and go back a few years and compare notes in a fun fashion which I enjoyed. Maybe the others think it is time to cease this bit.
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    losing weight in the ETO

    206mp: Yes, I recieved packages from home. Cookies were usually crumbled and a bit stale but great. One surprise I go was from my aunt. Package with a big loaf of home made bread. Bread was stale but found it had ben cut open, the center cut out and a pint bottle of Old Granddad Bourbon inside. From somewhere she found out this secret of safe shipment. What a safe way to pack it. Did we all enjoy this!!
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    " J3rd :- LISTEN UP I WON"T SAY THIS AGAIN!! Verstanden!! When you are ordered to "Fall In" that means AT ATTENTION so NO command is needed!!" Sarge, you are a tough taskmaster. Relax a bit. Our war was over. Our misdeeds were covered up and all was well. Yeah, it was tough having to rough it for a week in a tent but being hardened we managed to make do with just a damned tent and cots for a week after lliving like civilians for a while. But we put up with the inconvience as we were heading home. But I sure did miss my semi private bedroom, soft bed, and down comforter I had become used to quickly. But, thats life for a Infantry dogface. Take the good and the bad in stride. Personaly, I will take good whenever possible. Had enough of the bad to last me. Roque: Yes, had many cold showers when the Quartermasters brought up portable showers, delousing station, and clean clothes on rare occassions. I hope they burned our old clothes. They sure beat a "whores bath" in a steel pot . (helmet for some)..
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    losing weight in the ETO

    206th: Army tried to feed us well but most of the time it was K, C rations and D bars. Hot chow kitchens were rare treats. Food scroungers we were when possible. Eggs and chickens and a occasional pig was fair game. We burned up a lot of calories most days also. When you see a fat G.I. you know damn right well he wasnt a combat soldier.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Sarge: You spent too much time in a foxhole and forgot to "call us to attention". However I'm glad you reminded me of what " standing at attention was" as we forgot a lot of that stuff was and really needed a refresher course. which was neglected. Far as "riding the range", no way, we made use of the "friendly natives" for that and K.P.. Maybe I need to get glasses as I see no hands in pockets and we were not called to attention and no one there to call " dress right, dress" (if I remember right) . Only times we carried weapons (outside of our concealed captured pistols ) was for a occasional two hour guard duty tour at the company Hdq. and standing Retreat. My main duty was goiing out with 2 other ex hunters and bringing in some Raebuck and Heirsh (sp. ?) to give the mess Sgt. a change of menue , which was nice . Roque: Billet: A place with a roof, door, windows, place to sleep, indoor plumbing, heat, and normal conviences, not to be confused with 2 shelter halfs or a tent.. Got to admit it took some getting used to. But we were told that this is how people should live when possible. Only time I lived in a tent after wars end in ETO was in Camp Lucky Strike in Le Harve, France for a week while waiting to board the ship home. Our Commanding Gen. "Iron Mike O'daniels" took care of us.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Sarge: Interesting pics of those tanks taking up the hedgerows. Now back to uss'n guys. Last pic I put on should have us ready for your inspection. All but weapons as the "Natives" were friendly after the war being damn glad they were not in the Russian Zone of occupation. Wepons were usually lef back in our BEDROOMS. ( but clean). Cant figure how and why we were billetted in civilian housing for these months but not ours to wonder why, just enjoy as we did. Maybe you have the answer.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    O.K. you two (or us 3 ) enough already before the people here think we aint just "funning" each other and are serious . Now here is a picture of a few of us (I am second from the left) that shows us as "real soldiers". Notice the clean uniforms, caps, even neckties. Even smiling. Of course its about 2 months after the war in ETO ended and in front of our nice private house billets in Austria and two months of hot food and no one shooting at us anymore. Real luxury. Beds, hot water, indoor plumbing and bathtubs. 2 men to a bedroom with clean sheets. Talk about feeling like a civilian again and slowly getting civilized, We are standing in front of our temporary billets and stayed here for another month after this pic. (drool you 2 guys). Then to Fulda Germany in the Bliedorn Kaserne which was also damn near as nice while waiting to go home. I know, we were very lucky and it was probably unusual but it is fact. But now, we even looked like soldiers ready for inspection. what a difference a couple of months make .
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Fred: (Sarge Leo): Come on guy put on the pics. Dieing to see them. Any first hand WW 2 pics are a must. I find it funny that you, me and Roque can "pull each others chain" and not get all riled up as we know its in jest. Other forums it would start a war. I think it is because we each knows what each of us went through and it was the same damn thing day in day out for us. We had been trained in only one thing and we did it well or we wouldnt be here. (plus a lot of luck and Gods help).. We were dirty, ground pounding Infantry Dogfaces and damn proud of it.
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    I sure notice one thing common in the 3 of us. Not a ounce of fat back then. C and K rations are great for keeping ones weight down plus a bit of exercise.. And O.K. guys on to pulling your chains. Where in hell are your steel pots ? Forget where you put your weapons? Roque, get your hands out of your pockets. This wouldnt look good on the Parade Ground that way . You also are wearing a dirty and unpressed uniform. But I bet your weapon was clean .
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    O.K., give me 40 lashes. Same damn shirt and pants I wore for over 4 weeks. Quartemaster finally showed up with some clean clothes much later. At least I could scratch at the "mechanized dandruff " we all had by then with out a problem. Only thing that would pass inspection was my weapon. I know you two are just pulling my chain and dont mind it as it is in the least. If we cant poke fun at each other we belong behind the lines. But, if someone from behind the lines poke fun at us, God help them.. There is a certain "comrady in combat troops" that is unexplainable to others..
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    Photos of our WWII Veteran Forum Members

    Guess I better check in as requested. PFC Joseph A. Fournier 7th Inf Reg. 3rd Inf Div. Just a plain Garden Variety Infantry Rifleman. One of many. I am on the left. Somewhere in Germany.
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    Post VE Day letter from MP buddy in Austria

    Quote: "My father had enough points to go home finally in mid March 1945". I find this quite unusual as I believed the ASR score for discharge (points ) did not effect til May '45. I dont recall hearing of any of our guys in our Infantry Division going home on points till after wars end in ETO at least reguardless of points. And a few were still left from the 1942 landing in Africa and had over 85 points by far. Whats your take Roque and Sgt ?
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    M1 Garand

    Twobisquit: I have a few spare CMP (civilian Marksmanship program) booklets that come with each M-1 rifle and shows good pics etc on taking them down and back together. If you want one send me your address. Joe
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    Hello

    Ranwayb: Welcome to the forum. Glad you saw my post in the other WW 2 forum with this URL and came over.
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