Thank you so much for a very informative answer.I will certainly look for the two books that you mention.I have a few questions that you might be able to help with.I am looking at Robert's Honorable Discharge papers and there are a few things that I don't understand:
Under battles and campaigns it says Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, CO 33 & 40 WD 45.
Any idea what those numbers and initials mean?Does that indicate that he was with another company at the time and I'm clueless as to what the WD 45 means.
Under decorations and citations there is listed one for EAME Theater service.What does EAME stand for?
It is interesting that my father-in-law did not like to talk about his time in WWII.But my husband is very interested and that's why I'm trying to learn something for him.Tonight my brother-in-law brought over a book "Thunderbolt Across Europe", that was Robert's.Do you know how the men were able to get this book?Was it presented to everyone in these units?
Just as a side note, we have this cute pair of wooden carved shoes that shows all the campaigns that Robert was in and the insignia of the 83rd Division.One shoe says Robert and the other says Julia, his future wife at the time, and my husband's mother.I wonder if others have those shoes.
My father-in-law passed away in 1992, and it's too late to ask him questions, but thanks to this list, we can learn more about his time and experiences in WWII, thanks to people such as yourself.Thanks for the help and thanks for serving our great Country.