Pvt John B. Edeker
captured in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1944
[date and location unknown]
Jesse (Bud) Evans, (R) B Co. and
Lawrence E. Palmer, (L Hq 1st (l) happily pose in a post-war setting.
Jesse is especially happy as he had been captured twice by the Germans but
apparently escaped both times.
Joseph G. Endress
home on leave, ca. 1943
[courtesy of nephew, Tom Endress]
Airborne Trooper Puts "Lie" on Nazi Story
Another lie was given to the Germans --- this time
about the annihilation of the 82nd Airborne Troops --- by a letter from Cpl
Jesse B. Evans to his mother, Mrs.. J. B, Evans of 1709 Walton Way.
He said the 82nd, instead of being annihilated as the Germans
claimed "did some rough fighting and wiped out the Germans as we went in.
Ask any German about the 82nd and he won't have anything good to say about
Cpl Evans was wounded in the invasion and is now in England
recovering from a wound in his arm. He left two close buddies,
Larry Palmer of the Milledgeville Road here and Bob Bennett from Tennessee,
over in Normandy. Evans who was the 12th paratrooper to leave his
ship, didn't see the other two for five days.
"When we did get
together it was like this", he wrote. "Bob came up and we were
standing talking and worrying about Larry when he came running up.
He had a real heavy
beard and he was really
looking rugged. When he saw Bobby and me, tears ran down his cheeks, I
was never so glad to some anybody my life."
Evans joked about the daily danger they all faced. He said
that his platoon sergeant told him that if the war didn't end soon he (the
sergeant) would be taking nerve tonic for the rest of his life. Evans
said the war gets on nerves at first, but doesn't last long. He set out
claim to be the champion fox-hole diver.
"I can dive 100 yards for my foxhole in 1-100th part of a second.
And I can hide behind a blade of grass."
In another part of his letter Cpl Evans holds out hopes of getting
home for Christmas. "It certainly would be swell if we could have a
quiet Christmas together. It would be the very think [sic] I need to settle
Charlie Evans, a brother of Jesse, is also with the American forces
overseas, and participated in pushing the Germans out iof Rome. Both
young men are active workers in the Woodlawn Methodist Church.