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I was with the 949th Field Artillery

 

I was with the 949th Field Artillery

 
On March 3, 1941 as a Private in the 145th Field Artillery, I was induced into the US Army with the Utah National Guard, thereby interrupting my fourth year of premed studies.  I rose to the rank of staff sergeant.  In July 1942, I was sent to OCS.  In 1944, I went overseas as R & I officer with the 949th Field Artillery, having attained the rank of First Lieutenant. 
 
My unit was assigned to General Patton’s 3rd Army and attached to the XX Corps.  As 3rd Army Artillery, it was sent to reinforce various units, dependent on the need, including the 80 & 5th Infantry Divisions and 7th Armored Division across Northern France.  At the Metz – Fort Driant Salient, my unit reinforced the 90th Infantry Division. 
 
After a temporary halt as a result of outrunning supplies the 3rd Army fought it was across the Moselle to the Saar.  This campaign was interrupted by the Battle of the Bulge and the 3rd Army was soon progressing over the difficult, muddy roads of Luxembourg to the heavy fighting in the blizzards of the Ardennes. 
 
I has three transcendent memories of the Bulge campaign: the ferocity of the fighting over rugged terrain worsened by heavy snow, and freezing weather; infantry rifleman picking off white clad German soldiers trying to cross snow covered fields and woods; and the capture of German soldiers in Americans uniforms. 
 
On February 9, 1945, I was slightly wounded in the left hand and wrist by mortar fragments during the Siegfried Line fighting.  A wrist watch took part of the blow and was destroyed by the impact, but undoubtedly saved my hand.  I met 1st Lieutenant Freda Baker, soon to become my wife.  I continued with the 949th Field Artillery and Patton 3rd Army through the Central Europe Campaign until V-E Day. 
 
Because of high ASR Score of 99, I was detached from the unit, while at Bad Liebenstein, preparatory to early discharge.  In the interim, I was sent to command a “cage” of German prisoners. 
 
Source: VBOB Northwest Chapter, September 1997 

By 1st Lt Harry J. NOVEMBER

949th Field Artillery

3rd Army

Campaigns

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium