We hope you
will enjoy a sampling of the great stories you will
read in the book.
You Did What?
Ruechsling, 29th Infantry Division, Forward Artillery
We were to fly to England to look
at this new type artillery shell. They called it a
proximity fuse shell. It was a different kind of
artillery shell, which exploded above 15 feet from
contact of anything. It automatically exploded. This
allowed them to shoot down more planes and blow up
more open-end trenches that the Germans were hiding
William H. Muehleib, served with the Air Corps in
for Hawaii as a dream place to begin his service. The
dream became a nightmare on 12-7-41! Here he recounts
an experience on that day.
Children Gotta Pee….. Even Infantrymen!
G. Pefinis, WWII, 3rd Army, 87th Division,
345th Regiment, Company G
As a combat infantryman peeing
took some time and doing making you rush to catch up
with your friends. Those of us who were skilled at
this function developed what we referred to as the
“Backass Method”. Although hard to do, with a
little concentration and effort and the concurrence of
the guy behind you, you peed walking backwards. Most
of us got quite good at doing it.
anecdote submitted by Charles G. Pefinis (“PIF”)
87th Division 345 Regiment Company G
... Everything was going along
fine until we were assigned a new top Sergeant in
charge of our platoon. This guy was born an SOB. He
epitomized the DI type, very stern, never smiling,
neat as the perpetually shined “pin”. Our nickname
for him was Sergeant A.H. He knew it and could not
Water "High Jinks"
Another anecdote submitted by Charles G. Pefinis (“PIF”)
87th Division, 345th Regiment, Company G.
In early January 1945, I started
infantry basic training at Camp Howzey (near Paris )
Texas . We call it "Camp Lowzey"....For some
reason which we could not comprehend, Camp
“Lowzey” had the hottest water in the world!
Warren D. Jensen
My brother, Howard W. Jensen was a
pilot with the Ninth Air Force. He left Freeborn
County in February 1942 as a draftee into the U.S.
Army. After the induction processes, he was assigned
to the U.S. Army Air Force. Soon he was assigned to
Pilot Training School. Upon completion of pilot
training, he was commissioned a Second Lt. and shipped
over to England to await D-Day.
& John F. Kennedy
.... SAME PT GROUP
John Lambros enlisted in the Navy
as an Apprentice Seaman at the end of 1942. He was
sent to Midshipman School at Columbia University for 4
months andcommissioned as an Ensign in March 1943. Of
900 Midshipmen in his class, Ensign Lambros and 10
others were selected for duty aboard Patrol/Torpedo
By Charles Plumb
Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet
pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions,
his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.
Plumb ejected and
parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent
6 years in a
communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal
and now lectures on
lessons learned from that experience!
Odd Ball WW II
By Col. D.G. Swinford, USMC, Rte.,
The first German serviceman killed
in WW II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937), the
first American serviceman killed was killed by the
Russians (Finland 1940), the highest ranking American
killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US
Army Air Corps... So much for allies.
If any of you have ever been to a
military funeral where taps were played, this comment
provides a new meaning and insight.