Normandy, France, Holland, Bastogne, Belgium, Germany
E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
I volunteered in the Paratroops in 1942 with
2 of my friends. The two buddies I enlisted with were lifelong buddies
and we all were lucky to get home since we all had injuries. Carl
Fenstermaker died about 19 years ago, but Rod Strohl lives nearby
and we see each other frequently. We reported to Camp Toccoa where
we formed Easy Company, 506 Parrchute Infantry.
After 14 weeks of strenous training, we made a
forced march of 117 miles to Atlanta, Ga. then had parachute training...got
my silver wings. Other training in Camp McCall, N.C. and the mountains
of Tennessee. After 1 year in the states, we were shipped overseas
to England for another year for further training with other allied
We jumped into Normandy June 6,' 1944, fought
through Carentan. Returned to England for more training for the
jump into Holland. I was injured and shipped back to England . Hospitalized
several weeks, then, back to my unit in France after Mourmelon December
15, got hurry-up call to go to Bastogne to stop the push of the
Germans. There was fierce fighting and lots of casualties around
Bastogne and it was COLD!
Patton opened relief route and brought in troops.
We went to Hagenau to fend off another another push of the Germans.
I drew a 45 day trip home . The war was over before I could rejoin
the troops, so had to wait until my company came back . I was discharged
Oct. 1945 ,went to college and earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree,
retired from teaching after 30 years.
My hobbies are wood working and old car restorations.
I have a wife, 2 children and 2 grandaughters.
Shoulderpatch of the 101st Airborne.
A very well known picture of Forrest
E Company blending in with the local population, Normandy, France.
Forrest is standing on the far left.
From left to right: Pfc, Forrest L. Guth, Pvt.
Francis J. Mellet, Pvt. David E. Morris, Pfc. Daniel B. West, Sgt.
Floyd M. Talbert and Pfc. Campbell T. Smith in this famous picture
in the local square at Ste Marie du Mont, Normandy, France
Pfc. Forrest L. Guth on the road to Carentan,