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US Army

Our Last Hot Meal

Our Last Hot Meal

 
I Was in the 575th AAA Battalion, “D” Battery.  It was very cold.  We had Christmas dinner at Sissonne Barracks.  We had a hot meal and I remember having a turkey drum leg and that was the last hot meal we got until the end of the war.  We were on “C” and “K” rations. 
 
We left our duffle bags and only took our backpacks.  They left one of our GI’s back to guard our duffle bags.  He was a shy person, so the captain left him there because it was the best job for him. 
 
We never knew where we were going or what was going to happen.  We were in an endless column all afternoon and all night.  Everyone was cold and tired. 
 
As I remember, about 1:00 a.m.  I was sitting in the back of our 6X6, three quarters filled with gas cans so we could refill our vehicles, half-tracks and trucks.  I was the mechanic and had our tools in the back of the truck.  We were in the Neufchateau area.  We would move about 100 yards and stop and go all night.  It was very cold and I had my shoes off rubbing my feet and half dozing off.  It was a moonlit night, which cast our shadows on the road.  The German plane strafed our column, firing at the shadows of the vehicles.  Shells were exploding and hitting the sides of our vehicles.  The scare was so great and I jumped over the tailgate and ran into the ditch with no shoes on and was shaking for a half hour!  This was our first day of combat.  Later, the story was that we shot down the plane. 
 
At daylight we got into position.  Our Battery was split up into platoons and the platoons were attached to different units — tanks battalions, cavalry, infantry division and artillery units. 
 
At daylight we got into position.  Our Battery was split up into platoons and the platoons were attached to different units — tanks battalions, cavalry, infantry division and artillery units. 
 
My job was then a runner to deliver and receive oral messages to whichever one we were attached.  We headed north to Bastogne.  We helped to take Foy, Noville, Houffalize, and then to the Ardennes. 
 
Source: Bulge Bugle August 2002 

T/4 Warren LUFT

Died Jul 9, 2007

"D" Battery

575th AAA Bn

11th Armored Division

Campaigns

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium