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September 1, 1944 – Crossing the Arno River Outgunned

Posted by Joe Hartnett on September 8, 2014  /   No Comments

On the night of August 30, Company K, under Captain Reedy, relieved Jarman’s Company I. Reedy was the only White commanding officer among your four line companies. You did not know of his abilities. He …

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August 26, 1944 – The latrines

Posted by Joe Hartnett on September 3, 2014  /   No Comments

In camp and in barracks, before you entered combat, all latrines were wide open, as many as twenty places in a row. Soldiers socialized while doing their thing. Each latrine on the line was about …

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August 24, 1944 – James E. Reid is the first to be killed

Posted by Joe Hartnett on September 3, 2014  /   No Comments

On the night of August 23-24, 19445, as you prepared to enter combat, you suddenly realized that this was no training exercise: an enemy patrol might be lurking behind the next culvert or house, or …

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August 23, 1944 – The closer to the front, the more unreal the situation

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 24, 2014  /   No Comments

Some of the advance party posed questions concerning conditions in the line. Colonel Daguette took the staff and company commanders to the command post of the 14th Armored Infantry Battalion for orientation and to the …

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August 22, 1944 – Convoy to the front at the Arno River line

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 22, 2014  /   No Comments

Your combat assignment has come down from regimental headquarters.  The 370th Combat Team is ordered  to join Combat Command A of the 1st Armored Division (“Old Ironsides”).  You break camp and embark for Cenaia, 120 …

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August 15, 1944 – Operation Dragoon – Major Allied Invasion!

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 15, 2014  /   No Comments

Early on the morning of August 15, you were awakened by a dull roar in the sky. Dawn revealed hundreds of planes speeding northeast, and you knew history was being made even before the news …

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August 12, 1944 – Stung on your tongue by a yellow jacket

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 12, 2014  /   No Comments

After yet another sailing, this time aboard the John Jay, a filthy, overcrowded ship where you slept in the rain on the messy deck, eating C-rations when you could, you landed at Civitavecchia at 1140 …

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August 8, 1944 – You hear from General Mark Clark. And, the Nazis!

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 11, 2014  /   No Comments

General Mark Clark visited the 370th Combat Team. You would see him more than once during your tour of duty. This time he appeared to be doing a general inspection. You never saw Winston Churchill, …

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August 1, 1944 – Encountering integrated Brazilian troops

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 11, 2014  /   No Comments

After a lengthy train ride and uphill hike, you flopped down and were soon asleep on the ground. Morning revealed your location to be a wooded area surrounded by steep hills. It was like being …

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July 30, 1944 – An erupting Vesuvius welcomes you to Naples

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 11, 2014  /   No Comments

The Squire sailed past a smoking mountain. It was Vesuvius, the volcano that had destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. It had erupted in March, 1944 for the first time in four hundred years, and the …

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