I talked to Dad - he can't remember which inf he was attached to. He was in the 938th field artillary bat., he said it was referred to as a bastard bat (?). He was in communications. He said he thought they spent Christmas near Casino and moved to Monistery and then pulled back to Naples to be waterproofed. They didn't know where they were going to until they landed. He said once they landed there was no where to go, the ocean was behind and the Germans were in front. He said the first thing they had to do was to try to establish some type of communications. He said at first he thought there wasn't a lot of resistance, but in a short time they had 9 or 10 divsions against them. He said they were there for months. He said after they finally broke through they were pulled back again, he thinks to Naples, and waterproofed again and that time landed in Southern France, he thinks southeast of Normandy. The one thing he remembers the most at Southern France was being in a trench with John W. (Pop) Clark and a 170 shell hit right above their head, but it didn't go off. He thought it might be time delayed, but it still didn't go off. They had to be dug out, and was thankful it was a dud. He said they also went farther and caught the far right hand of the Battle of the Bulge. He said it's just been too many years for him to remember all the numbers for the divisions and things. I told him maybe this info would help. He said it could have been the 45th but not to rely on his memory. He ended the conversation at that. I'm glad, that's been the most he's talked to me about the whole thing. I know his release papers are at home somewhere, I saw them when I was little (many yrs ago, ha). I hope this helps. Let me know.
Oh, a tidbit, my Mother remembers going to the Little Missionary church and pinning a gold star on a prayer banner. Every soldier on that prayer banner returned home. Thanks again - Linda