We were assigned
to go to Belgium, to the Battle of the Bulge.
When we got the
order to go, my platoon did not have any weapons, but our commander told
us that we would get them when we reach our assigned area in Belgium, and
We were told that
the weapons that we got were the weapons that were taken from casualties
of units that had been in Belgium before we got there.
On one occasion, we
were being assaulted by German Artillery and I was called to a meeting. We
had been occupying foxholes for protection. I left mine and went to the
After the meeting
was over, I went back to where my foxhole was and one of my platoon
troopers was digging in my hole.
When he saw me he
said he was very surprised to see me because while I was at the platoon
meeting, an artillery shell had landed directly in my hole and the trooper
was digging to see if he could find me.
Lucky me, I never
missed another platoon meeting again.