This is not an Army picture but a picture from the Citizens Military Training Camp. Donald (Grandfather) told me about this three month's before he died. He was part of this group in Indiana while still in High School and prior to entering the Army (WWII had not begun for the US). When the US entered the war and Donald entered the Army, this earlier service helped him make rank faster. Top row - Far Left
Written on Back - Smoking cigarette and showing off my stripes. The truck I am leaning against is Cpl Webber of E.L. Truck weighs 1 ton. It is a maintenance van.
Donald talked little about WWII, but I was lucky enough to be one of those he would tell stories. In Aug 2010 (three months before his death), he told me about General Patton giving a pep talk to the troops. Telling them that they were at war and what ever was left behind was theirs if they wanted it. Donald took this motorcycle and for the several months spent in Germany after war's end, he rode it around. Unfortunately, he was not able to bring it back to the United States.
Donald received this award for work he did for a high level Czech family. We don't know the entire story as he would rarely talk about WWII.
Don did not talk about WWII. I was one of the very few he would tell stories, but they were rare. He never went into details as to why he earned the medals. His basic answer was "we helped some people".
WWII fighting in Europe
Written on back - The flowers are geraniums and they are really pretty. The building in the back ground is the mess hall were we eat. With oceans of love "Cob"