by Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc.

On December 16, 1944, their lives changed forever…

The Battle of the Bulge is a compilation of firsthand accounts narrated by the men and women who endured one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history. Drawn from the official archive of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc., these stories describe in riveting detail the experiences of ordinary people-from brutal combat and facing one’s own mortality to glimpses of human kindness and introspection in desperate times.

Readers of all ages will find great meaning in this unique collection of memories. It is both educational and entertaining.

This book seeks to preserve the legacy of those brave men and women who served the United States of America during the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, the Battle of the Bulge: December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945.

About the Author

The Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc. (VBOB) is a membership organization instituted to: Perpetuate the memory of the sacrifices involved during the Battle of the Bulge; preserve historical data and sites relating to the Battle of the Bulge; foster international peace and goodwill; and promote friendship among the survivors of the Battle of the Bulge and their descendants.

The purpose for creating and publishing this book is to help preserve the legacy of those brave men and women who served the United States of America during the largest land battle ever fought by the US Army, the Battle of the Bulge.

The book contains stories written by individuals who only knew about the job they where supposed to do, and they did it in magnificent fashion until the Nazis were defeated. These same stories were published in The Bulge Bugle, a quarterly publication of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc. We can never repay them for their courage and sacrifices, but we can make sure they are always remembered.

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Index of Veterans

The following men and women contributed their stories to this book:

Addor, Don
Altamura, Michael V.
Alvarez, Alfred A.
Andon, Arma E.
Arn, Eddie
Aughenbaugh, Dustin
Bailey, J. David
Ballinger, Samuel W.
Barker, William H.
Boisseau, Armand F.
Bordner, Delbert E.
Bowers, James A.
Broadhead, Nathaniel E.
Buckman, Clarence L.
Bulkeley, Joseph W.
Calehuff, Girard
Chambers, Frank
Chambers, Thomas R.
Christ, Carl M.
Clark, Beresford N.
Curts, Richard D.
Davis, F. Keith
Diamond, Maurice
DiGiacomo, Alfred
Dixon, David
Dixon, Elmer M.
Doherty, Joseph C.
Edwards, Donald A.
Edwards, Phillip S.
Fague, John W.
Fancher, Frank
Flados, Marge
Ford, William R. “Woody”
Franco, Arnold C.
Freese, Frank
Gardner, Gilbert
Gardner, James W.
Gaydos, Albert
Gilliam, Cecil D.
Gomberg, Clarence “Code”
Graber, Jack
Gray, Philip Howard
Hagel, Bob
Hahn, Donald
Hammons, James A. “Bob”
Holmes, Jr., Arthur G.
Houseman, Billie E.
Irzyk, Albin F.
Jamar, Andre
Jamiel, Morphis A.
Karambelas, George
Katlic, Chuck
Kaye, Frank
Kazanecki, Eugene C.
King, Lester R.
Klemick, Mike
Klimkowsky, Ben
Kruse, Jack H.
Leopold, William E.
Lindstrom, Harold
Loiacono, Leonard
Lombardo, Samuel
Long, Reuel
LoVuolo, Frank A.
Magill, John F.
Malloy, John P.
Mar, Kenneth
Mayforth, Hal
McAuliffe, John E.
McAvoy, George E.
McCabe, James M.
McConnell, Robert T.
McCracken, Henry
Meinhart, Vincent
Meltzer, Harvey S.
Mendelsohn, Murray
Miller, Oda C.
Mills, George F.
Mischnick, Marvin H.
Mistler, John
Morell, Eugene
Moretto, Rocco J.
Morgenstern, Ed
Morphis, Bert H.
Morrison, Ian A.
Nicollela, Joseph C.
Nolan, Katherine Flynn
Olson, Homer
Olson, Ray
O’Neill, Harold J.
Otto, Merle
Paris, Demetri
Parker, Oliver C.
Pendleton, Sr., James C.
Pilliteri, Joseph V.
Posey, Charles R.
Reed, Harry
Reiter, Kenneth L.
Rice, Clayton I.
Riley, Wilfrid R.
Rizzio, Richard
Rodriguez, Luis R.
Sammons, James E.
Santagata, Dominick Daniel
Schaller, L. D. “Whitey”
Schober, Milton J.
Schoo, Donald
Schreckengost, Arthur
Shehab, Alfred H.M.
Siebert, Oliver W.
Stamos, John J.
Stark, Phillip C.
Storm, Ralph
Strikwerda, Derk
Sweeney, John J.
Swiersz, Gustav
Sylvester, Martin
Tannenbaum, Henry I.
Tannenbaum, Sam
Tedesco, Joseph A.
Thompson, Meron J.
Troxell, Gilbert
VanLandingham, Dean
Vickstrom, Ed C.
Voigt, Lillian
Walenski, Margaret Hammond
Watson, George M.
Whitten, George
Wilken, Elvin H.
Williams, Joseph F.
Wilson, George
Wineland, Robert K.
Wintemberg, Harry
Woodman, Charles