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359th Infantry-WWII

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Re: 359th Infantry-WWII - Co. B of the 90th

Posted: 13 Aug 2012 8:33PM GMT
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Hi, somewhere thru time my ancestry account has changed from Neva Adams to NiNe9805 so I don't get updates on posts anymore.
Really appreciate your post adding to the history of the 90th Division. Dad was in Co M also. He was captured and then released from the POW camp on April, Fri. the 13th, 1945. He had problems with his feet also from his time in France, as a soldier and as a POW. We have copies of the telegrams sent to his Mom telling her that he was MIA. As far as I know, Dad's family didn't even own a telephone at the time.
Dad only told this story once but it left a vivid memory in my mind. In April of 1945, they could hear the sounds of war off in the distance but they had no idea what it meant to them. One morning, the German soldier's begin motioning with their rifles for the prisoners to go through the gates to leave the camp. No one would go because they were afraid they would be shot. The soldiers finally laid their guns down and walked away, leaving the prisoners confused. They eventually began to migrate out of the camp, heading west towards to the coast. Dad said the sight of so many emancipated men, looking like skeletons walking was overwhelming. As they walked they started running into the American army, and as many that could, would ride on the jeeps back to the 'cigarette' camps.
Amazing men who survived terrible things and yet they came home and resumed their lives, never understanding that they truly were the greatest generation.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Rex Bavousett 27 May 2012 12:47PM GMT 
NiNe9805 14 Aug 2012 2:33AM GMT 
wikstrom176 4 Nov 2009 8:45PM GMT 
dudlee930 17 Jun 2013 2:56AM GMT 
Paul Valencia 10 May 2014 8:31PM GMT 
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