Somewhere in Belgium
M Company - 3r Battalion - 12th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry
If you take a look at my picture, let me tell
you do not put the chin strap on your jaw like that in combat. That
was just for the picture. Two reasons you would not wear it like
this is, one if a shell hits close to you the concussion could blow
the helmet upwards and break your neck. The second is, an enemy
could come up from behind pull the helmet backwards and choke you
As you ask in your letter some of my memories
from the war, I thought about it for a little while. One I have
always remembered is when we were chasing Germans across Belgium,
we were marching on the main road through this village, and we were
halted and told to take a rest.
We were by this small house, and a Belgian lady
came to the window of a house opened it and brought a big waffle
from the window and started making these big waffles for the G.I.’s.
She did that as long as we stayed there. Maybe
15 or 20 minutes. The Dutch, Belgians, The Luxemburgers always treated
us so nice!
Sometimes I watch a war movie on TV and I see
soldiers soaking wet, in the cold, icy snow weather, and I wonder
how we did that. I do remember though that is was miserable. Only
God brought us through.
The shoulderpatch of the 4th Infantry Division