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A Company CP - Ardennes
here must have been a lull in the fight as all 7 unidentified men are not wearing helmets, Note one in the foreground.
(courtesy: Rex Combs collection)

Capt James Dietrich, Lt Arthur Stevens and 1/Sgt Leonard Funk
observing a variety of dress codes, somewhere in the Ardennes
(courtesy: Rex Combs collection)

Bedraggled But Not Beaten
a squad of Co A men huddle outside a war torn building.  Note the variety (or absence) of head gear and the knee patches on the man at the front.  None are identified.
(courtesy of the Rex Comb s collection)

Semi-Palatial Bunker men from Co B outside their "digs" in Belgium.
[standing, l-r] Bill Knapp, John Payet, Frank Hernandez
[front] Joe Endress and J. D. Collier.  Knapp and Endress were both put in for commissions but Endress was KIA before the approval came in.
[courtesy of Ed Wheelock collection]

Casualty rates demanded improved care facilities
The campaigns waged in Belgium and later in Germany created a constant flow of wounded and the closer the medical treatment was, the greater the chances for saving lives.  Aachen, the first German town to be taken by the Allies, lies near the Belgian, Dutch and German borders and was a natural choice to establish at least two field hospitals.

12th Field Hospital, Aachen
when building was under repair

96th Evacuation Hospital
Brand (near Aachen) Germany was the initial facility
Repairing Koerner Kaserne, Treires Strasse, Aachen for newer. larger 96th Field Hospital  

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