Good morning, Ken, and thanks for your interesting article.
I was at Fort Meade when the Battle of the Bulge was launched, 16 Dec 44.
I was a field artillery man, and due to the situation in Belgium, received conditioning (25 mile overnight "strolls" in mid-winter), remember?
We were alerted of a pending re-classification as infantry, destination, the Bulge.
We moved to our PE, Hampton Roads by way of Camp Patrick Henry, boarded after dark in heavy fog, set sail at dawn, and after the three mile limit ws passed, the Captain broke his orders and announced that the seige had been lifted, and that our destination had been changed from ETO to MTO.
There was a chorus of cheers from 6000 replacements aboard the GENERAL RICHARDSON that foggy 13 Jan 45, arriving 11 days later at a bombed out Port of Naples, Italy.
I celebrated my 20th during that crossing, 17 Jan 45.
To end this digression, I entered the line above Florence,985th FA BN.