Top row: Pfe. William E. Fey, Jr., Pvt. Robert L. Johnson, Tec. 5 Frank Fedorka, Tec. 5 Hubert D. Butcher, Pvt. Arthur R. Foreman, Tec. 5 Stanley A. Baker.
Middle row: Pfc. Edward P. Kleszczewski, Pvt. Orville Brown, Pvt. George K. Braun, Tec. 5 George Rodgers, Pvt. Douglas Cain, Pfc. Michael Grabowski.
Bottom row: Cpl. George Whittington, Cpl. Howard K. Burton, S/Sgt. Bobbie M. Stephenson, Cpl. Cecil R. Bardine, M/Sgt. Michael Allegra.
During the Battle of Gremecy Woods, the mud and rain were the cause of more discomforts than the Germans could impose upon us. During the horrors of the battle, each man was exhausted from the lack of sleep, hot meals and the walking in knee deep mud and down pour of continuous rains, but still the "Message Went Through."
The Battle of Bastogne was the direct opposite of the Hell of Gremecy. Instead of the knee deep mud and rain it was hip deep snow drifts and blinding snow storms. The constant artillery barrages by the Germans were continuously knocking out our installations but in spite of the breath taking dangers, with perseverance, courage and grim determination, the "Message Went Through."
During the whole, of the five campaigns in which we participated, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhine and Central Europe we encountered but two casualties, One by enemy action and the other by an unfortunate accident. The small percentage of casualties was due to the cool efficiency of the combined wire sections.
In the 11 months of continuous operation our wire section has laid 1,137 miles of communication lines, in four countries under all possible conditions of weather and terrain.
Through rain, mud, snow and the unforgettable Screaming Mimies and 88's the Wire Section of Division Artillery kept up the old tradition of the Signal Corps by "Getting the Message Through."
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