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Diary Book 1: Sept 1944 - June 1945


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1             Sep 1944 Camp Carson;  train to Cp. Kilmer, NJ
2 10-12 days on Gen. Wash; arr. Cherborgh; Barneville
3 La Haye du Puits to Mechelen, Belgium via train
4 Volunteered for small patrol to get sniper; toward Breda
5 Oct 31 Holland; Bob Hall hit
6 Aachen area
7 Dug in with Pappas next to Cpt. Barker
8 Volunteered to remove A Co. casualties with Nelan
9 Couldn't reach C Co. with much needed ammo & food
10 Stohlberg; found out about ordeal of last few days.
11 Nov 16 Thanksgiving; fox hole caved in by dud
11 back Hid behind beet pile with Kushin & Renshaw. Nov 26 Captured*
10 back Marched & marched & marched
9 back 3 days & two nights in box car
8 back (last diary entry between end Nov 1944 and beg Apr 1945)
12 Apr 4 1945 no beds spoon fashion sleeping - bitter cold
12 back Apr 5-13 Good news - probability of being liberated soon
13 Apr 14-17 Memorial services - artillery rumbling
13 back Watching the planes strafe Jerry - fear of being bombed
14 Apr 18-20 POW laid out in white on compound
14 back Apr 21-22 Lack of food is telling
15 Apr. 23 Apr 23 liberated Three Russian horsemen
15 back Celebrating and eating
16 Snuck into town with Norm
16 back Returned to camp
17 Apr 24 What a meal!
17 back Snuck into Muhlberg with Norm
18 Rode back to Stalag on bikes; fixed meal
18 back Apr 25 More riding and eating
19 Apr 25-26 Yanks arrive
19 back Apr 27-28 in German civilian's house
20 Apr 29-May 4 Moved from Stalag IV B to Riesa
20 back May 5 Wandered about Riesa
21 May 6-7 Skipped KP to go to town
21 back May 8-11 Radio, victory meal
22 May 12-18 Snuck away from Russians in Riesa to Oschatz
22 back May 19-22 Oschatz to Halle via train, 2 battle stars
23 May 23-24 Reims, Paris, Le Harve Cp Lucky Strike
23 back May 25-Jun 8 Le Harve to Southampton to London
24 back Food list
24 Food list
*Note from Kathy Clark, daughter of Bob Clark, battalion commander:
...Company C was attacking Frenz on November 26, the day your father was captured. [Timberwolf] Tracks has a very short paragraph on the fighting for Frenz which obviously does not begin to tell the story. Dad has a casualty list for the 414th, and there were many, many casualties in Company C that day, your father being one of them.