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Diary Book 1: Sept 1944 - June 1945
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stayed in barn - nice friendly people. - moved to area along dyke - dug in remained for several days - assault boats - big scare - observation post. laid wire. took boats back & stayed in barn again - moved some distance - dug in & moved out thru torn up town. dug in on side of dyke - roast chicken. enormous carrots - steak - moved in trucks to Aachen area [Division's mission completed] rode all day & night - arr. in hilly wooded area east of Aachen - transferred to 1st squad Belcher - scout w. Nelan - too rocky to dig in - nights pitch black - replacement 1st army (1st div) big drive to commence noon. Trucks took us to small group of houses - dug in. raining - muddy - finally quartered in house. Cleaned out small shed at rear of house (pig, rabbit hutch) put hay on floor. remained on alert to move out at 2AM for several days. waited for weather to clear in order to have air attack preceding big drive. touch of trench foot soaked feet hrs. to bring them to normal again. - pancakes galore for breakfast. finally pulled out 4AM - marched through town & dug in on hill about dawn 9AM - air attack. hundreds of planes. moved out in afternoon C Co in lead to take position in woods 1st plat. lead - waited along side road firing ahead Lt. Levin killed. tough resistance - dark
Page 6 Notes: Mission in Holland completed. Taken by truck to east of Aachen. Switched to Sgt. Belcher's squad as as a scout with Nelan.