US Army

Difficult to Forget

 

Difficult to Forget
 
I was inducted into the Army on June 5, 1943 and had basic training with the 785th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. 
 
On September 4, 1944, I sailed for England.  While there at a training center, I received infantry and hand to hand combat training.  In 5-6 weeks, I crossed the English Channel & landed in Le Havre, France.  I traveled by train and truck day and night.  I arrived in Belgium at a replacement depot.  My stay there was not long, but was miserable in many ways. 
 
I was assigned as a rifleman to Company “L”, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division. 
 
Before I knew it I was in combat and in a foxhole in the Battle of the Bulge.  I soon realized that no training could have prepared me for the experience to come: the first dead bodies, GIs, Germans, your foxhole buddies, wounded, killed, the staring eyes and open mouths of the dead, the bitter cold, the crying, screaming etc. remains withme till this day. 
 
For me, the Battle of the Bulge was horrible.  I cannot get it out of my mind.  I still find it difficult to forget and talk about some of my terrible experiences.  The Rhineland and Central Europe Campaign was just as bad for me.  For some of us who were lucky to escape physical injuries, we are still tormented by our memories.  Many times I felt that I would never survive to see my loved ones back home again. 
 
I participated in three major battles: Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland & Central Europe. 
 
Source: The Bulge Bugle November 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By Anthony TORRIERI

 

"L" Company,

331st Infantry Regiment

83rd Infantry Division

 

Campaigns

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium