The long medal with the rifle on it was earned by my dad for being a combat veteran. It is known as the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB). Elicke Sicilia told me that my dad was injured when the jeep that he was driving ran over a land mine. He said that my dad shouldv'e gotten a Purple Heart for that, but he didn't care. He just wanted to get back and do his job.
My father served as a Tech Sergeant in the United States Army in World War II. This picture was taken in Alsace Lorraine, March 2, 1945. My dad was in the 276th Infantry Division.
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Taken in Wilhelmsloh, Sept. 1945
My dad fought in the battle of the Colmar Pocket.
These are the men that my dad served with. My father is in lefthand corner of this photo. To my dad's left and three soldiers below him is his closest friend Elicke Sicilia. Unfortunately, after the German's surrendered, and their unit was split up , they never saw each other again.
I guess they were clowning aroud a little in this picture before they were sent off to war. My father is in the lower right in this photo. His best friend, Elicke Sicilia is two men above my dad in this picture. I have talked to Elicke on the phone and it was quite emotional, to say the least, when I told him that my dad had passed away. From the first day of basic training they had been through everything together.