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My Father In Uniform / Kassel, Germany

My Father In Uniform / Kassel, Germany

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 should've gotten a Purple Heart for that, but he didn't care. He just wanted to get back and do his job.


My dad on the right and his friend Elicke Sicilia is on the left side.

My dad on the right and his friend Elicke Sicilia is on the left side.


St. Louis

St. Louis

This photo was taken in St. Louis before being sent over to the war.
My dad is with his first wife in this picture. Elicke Sicilia is to the left of my dad.


Sergeant Erich Samenfeld

Sergeant Erich Samenfeld

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.

http://www.trailblazersww2.org/276/276th_inf.htm
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My dad in front of his Barracks in July,1945

My dad in front of his Barracks in July,1945


Off Limits

Off Limits

Taken at the "Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe" in front of the "Löwenburg", while my father was stationed in the city of Kassel, Sept. 1945

I also have something made for my father by one of the residents of Kassel. It is a large ashtray (my dad never smoked) made out of a shell casing. On it reads:
"Souvenir
to Cpl Erich Samenfeld
from Family Blume
Kassel 1945

Courtesy of Andreas Sandmann of Kassel, Germany
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergpark_Wilhelmsh%C3%B6he


My father, Sept. 1945

My father, Sept. 1945

My dad fought in the battle of the Colmar Pocket.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar_Pocket


Infantry Regiment

Infantry Regiment

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.


Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood

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.