posted on Jul, 9 2014 @ 02:32 AM
a reply to: purplemer
Thank you for sharing, my father was in the Battle of the Bulge and fought in Patton's 3rd Army. He died 20 years ago from lung problems that was the
result of the battle (they were dug in against a trench, he said they were exhausted and he fell asleep, when he woke up he was actually frozen to the
ground, he developed pneumonia and had to continue to fight in that condition. He was awarded the Silver Star for dropping a grenade into a Tiger
tank that had some GI's trapped. (I found that out in a letter I read after he passed, he wrote to my mom after the battle and he said to do that made
him sick and depressed, my mom placed some of the letters in his casket and kept some out, these remaining letters he wrote to my mom we placed in
her casket when she died) He refused all his awards and medals plus he wouldn't allow them to give him a battlefield commission. It's funny how war
affects different people, my mom said dad loved people so much that even though he was wounded 3 times the war killed a part of him that they didn't
understand at that time. He was an excellent shot and went target shooting with my brother and I but mom said he hunted with his brothers a lot
before the war (before my time) but he never hunted again when he returned.
He had a military funeral and I have the flag that draped his casket in a glass case in my bedroom.
Thanks for sharing something close to my heart and DNA!
edit on 9-7-2014 by wulff because: (no reason given)