Re: U.S. military 1944, Lucca, Italy
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Greetings, Laura Raffiani !
Your mother is right on target.
The 370th Infantry Regiment of the
92nd Infantry Division, a mostly all blackunit, was in Lucca, Italy, around 23 Aug 44, in support of the 1st Armored Division.
The 1st A/D was all white, which would explain the predominance of white troops in her area.
The combined forces continued to advance
on 25 Sep 44 along the Serchio Valley, north
On 29 Sep 44, the task force gained control of Highway 12 along Lima Creek.
La Lima was taken 30 Sep 44.
Task Force 92 assumed responsibility for the coast sector below M. Cauala on the approach to Massa, 5 Oct 44.
The remainder of the division arrived throughout Oct-44.
I was in Italy just after the arrival of the 92nd ID, going to the line above Florence the first week of Feb-45. I was a Field Artilleryman.
Like your mother, I remember all too well the lines of children (adults too), waiting next to the waste cans for any available leftovers as we left the "chow line".
My heart still bleeds for them, and for all of my Italian friends from that era.
My best regards to you and to your mother.
Ciao, Laura !
Louie/Luigi Franklin Turner