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Diary Book 1: Sept 1944 - June 1945


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Page 05
taped off mine fields - crossed
canals - wet up to the neck - dug
in hot water - layed in wet hole
fired for decoy purposes - Lt. Doyle
wanted volunteers - picked Nelan
& me - ??Stabler?? ??Bill Moss?? - sgt Gray
Petit - patrol - recon. opposite
side of canal. left equip. & followed
dyke - 2 mi started to cross open field
toward canal - 1st scout hit - sent
back for medic - ran almost all the
way back - came back w medic &
Noble (BAR) & stretcher bearers -
met sgt. Gray - Moss hit - went
back for more aid & then
back again with Lt. & FA observer
laid smoke screen - Bob hit -
artillery & smoke Nelan came
to us hands raised in surrender
- hole in helmet - everyone went
back Co. pulled out - four hrs.
until litter bearer came for
Bob & other fellow - water & soft
mud kept shrapnel from
flying - 88s landed close morters
stayed in barn that night
patrol went after Moss - Nelan
led them - received equip. swiped
big shovel fr. kitchen.
Page 05 Notes:

FA = Field Artillery guns

Notes from Bob Hall:

Laid down smoke screen for us to recon. By the time we got there it had
blown away and I was hit.  That's when the 4 of us stretcher bearers
crawled back behind earthen dike and they exploded in mud and we were
covered, your Dad told me later.  I remember I would wake up and ask your
Dad how things were and he would say "just fine". He stayed with me, you
know, until they could come out and get me, at night, I think.