The Battle of the Bulge Aniversary is comming up.
My Father fought in that battle and was honored back in 2013:
This year’s living legend games will honor U.S.Army veteran E M , a survivor of WWII’s Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Harz Mountain Campaigns of April 1945, in which he was wounded.
On December 16th, 1944, in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium, the Germans launched their last major counter-offensive of WWII. Known as the Battle of the Bulge, it was fought in heavy snow and freezing temperatures. With almost 80,000 casualties, it is the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the U.S. military.
PFC E M fought there with the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red 1. He was an expert marksman and platoon runner. After the Germans were driven back, he crossed the Rhine river at the Remagen bridgehead the Autobahn and fought in the Harz Mountains of Germany.
In April 1945 , his unit came under heavy small arms and mortar fire. During a heavy firefight, he was wounded by shrapnel from a mortar round and was eventually captured. Along with other POWs, he was moved from village to village by the retreating Germans, often coming under attack by U.S. artillery.
After being rescued by U.S. forces, he was evacuated to France for medical treatment. E M returned to the U.S. where he was hospitalized for 4 months at the Valley Forge Military Hospital.
He was awarded the The Belgian Fourragere, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and POW metals.