Re: WWII - 3rd Division
Hello again, Pamela Hulse!
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A purely personal note:
Many years after the war ended in Italy, I had a work assignment at Rome,and ended up with a tour of the Anzio Beachhead area.
My friend, who was a resident of Anzio during the war,
presented me with a very rusty German helmet as a souvenir.
During the battle for Anzio,the front moved back and forth, with many killed in action on both sides.
As a result, there was little time for proper recovery or disposal of the dead.
All of the initial casualties ended up in common graves, then as the front moved on toward Rome, those graves were opened, and the bodies routed to their respective grave sites.
My helmet was one of those recovered from this common burial.
I have visited the Amercan Cemetery at Anzio many times. It is a beautiful setting.
Louie F. Turner.