space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Area Wrestling
* WCC Basketball
* M&O Girls Basketball
* Area Boys Basketball
* 2 Crivitz Youth Compete in PPK at Green Bay Dec. 4

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Tales from the old-timer

August 1944 - On to Paris!



After a bloody battle at Mortain in south-central France, where a tank machine gunner was unable to depress his gun far enough to hit me. He knew what the radio on my back was for, and tried hard to get me, where I was prone on the ground and his bullets were thudding into the hedgerow behind me.

The German resistance collapsed after a second amphibious landing, this one in the south of France, on Aug. 15, 1944. By mid-August we were in a big breakthrough. By Aug. 17 we were rolling down the narrow French highways in our M-7 self-propelled 105 mm howitzer and the French people were ranged along both sides in a joyful welcoming display, throwing flowers at us. They were happy at being liberated from the German occupation after so long a time.

But the people of Paris were hungry after four years of deprivation. We bivouacked in a big park and it was embarrassing to be eating our food with them craning their necks behind a rope barrier. They were well dressed people and the French women managed to dress real nice despite the grim years of occupation. They were commenting about our Spam and coffee.

A man named Fletcher McIver, from South Carolina, had never had even one day of schooling. He was about 30 and married, and his wife’s letters arrived regularly. He couldn’t read them but one off the guys, a man from Detroit, would withdraw with McIver and read the letters to him. McIver had never in his life heard a foreign language spoken, and he was sure that they were speaking some kind of fake and could talk right if they wanted to. South Carolina was settled by English speakers and had no foreign immigrants. A French Magistrate was among the crowd, and I had to interpret his cultured British-accent English to McIver and also to translate McIver’s hillbilly dialect of English for the Frenchman

Poor McIver never caught on to proper camouflage and kept piling branches on our tank, which made it more conspicuous from the air. The idea was to just break up the outline. McIver was jumpier than a beached codfish after a lone German plane had bombed the battery one night in July. He was so scared he had tried to crawly between the bogey wheels of our tank.

Paris was beautiful and cosmopolitan, full of vitality. A man eyed my big mess cup of coffee and asked if it was real coffee. He seemed to be asking for a taste, so I handed it to him. He jabbered a rapid phrase to me and withdrew as he did so. I thought I would never see my cup again, but in 5 or 10 minutes he was back and handed me the empty cup. He had run all the way home and shared it with his family. They had had no real coffee for years!

Our Chief of Section, Sgt. Billingsley had befriended a pretty French girl. He made a date. Well, imagine his surprise when she showed up for the date with her mother and her father!

He must have thought he was about to hit the jackpot with her in bed, but not all French girls were free and easy. Billingsley was a married man! They thought that if his intentions were honorable, OK. (but they weren’t)

We left Paris in about four days and chased the retreating German Army. As we moved north eastward, we saw the ruins along the road of hundreds of German trucks, Volks-wagens, and tanks strung out for miles all victims of US airpower. When we got into Germany, we were forced to stop as all our munitions were going north to General Montgomery’s drive to overrun the north of Germany and stop the V-2 rockets which were hitting London every day and night. We were down to 7 shells for our gun and were even bumming cigarets from the Belgians. The German Siegfried defense line was not even manned but, we had to stop where we were. The attack in the north failed, however (A ‘Bridge Too Far’ was a movie about it), and we faced 8 more months of war, until May 7, 1945.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
12-07-2016Obituaries
Leone M. Berger

12-07-2016Obituaries
Thomas G. Bornfleth

12-07-2016Obituaries
Rachel Bramschreiber

12-07-2016Obituaries
Harold Brumlic

12-07-2016Obituaries
Daniel R. Bucksa

12-07-2016Obituaries
Austin M. Buege

12-07-2016Obituaries
Laverne C. Emmes

12-07-2016Obituaries
Alyce M. Erickson

12-07-2016Obituaries
Richard P. Fetterly

12-07-2016Obituaries
Rowland J. Geniesse

12-07-2016Obituaries
Daniel L. Gokey

12-07-2016Obituaries
Francis E. Hoerres

12-07-2016Obituaries
Deborah K. Johnson

12-07-2016Obituaries
Austin Kubiak

12-07-2016Obituaries
Charlotte C. Leeseberg

12-07-2016Obituaries
Bruce A. Leppi

12-07-2016Obituaries
Duane Nelson

12-07-2016Obituaries
Richard E. Neumann

12-07-2016Obituaries
Marlene A. Nocerini

12-07-2016Obituaries
Cindy M. Ondik

12-07-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Oslin

12-07-2016Obituaries
Nancy M. Patterson

12-07-2016Obituaries
Mae A. Plutchak

12-07-2016Obituaries
Irene V. Shevy

12-07-2016Obituaries
James Stillman

12-07-2016Obituaries
Arthur C. Tappy

12-07-2016Obituaries
Rodger A. Trottier

12-07-2016Obituaries
Raymond D. Williams, Jr.

12-07-2016Obituaries
Antony K. Witzmann

12-07-2016Community - Wausaukee
Share Items You No Longer Wear

12-07-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting Dec. 14

12-07-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Schools List Concert Dates

12-07-2016Community - Wausaukee
Veterans Dinner, Christmas Party at Wausaukee Dec. 11

12-07-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Elementary, Middle School Students of Month

12-07-2016Community - Crivitz
Violin Lessons, Bowl New Area Classes

12-07-2016Community - Crivitz
Country Jam With Christmas Music Dec. 16

12-07-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Dinner Dec. 21

12-07-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board Dec. 12

12-07-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Library Set Silent Auction

12-07-2016Community - Coleman
Safe Haven Church Collects for Needy

12-07-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Board To Meet Dec. 12

12-07-2016Sports
Area Wrestling

12-07-2016Sports
WCC Basketball

12-07-2016Sports
M&O Girls Basketball

12-07-2016Sports
Area Boys Basketball

12-07-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

12-07-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

12-07-2016Perspectives
From My Window

12-07-2016Front Page
SWEARING IN CEREMONY

12-07-2016Front Page
Name Jillian Schutte To Peshtigo City Council

12-07-2016Front Page
Bousley, Kaufman, Deschane Re-Elected to MCABI Offices

12-07-2016Front Page
Area Groups Recipients of Packer Annual Grants

12-07-2016Front Page
Price Decrease for Bellin Hospitals

12-07-2016Front Page
Village Pound President Will Not Seek Re-Election

11-30-2016Obituaries
Brielle R. Beres

11-30-2016Obituaries
Melvin J. Blohowiak

11-30-2016Obituaries
Sharon A. Bogner 

11-30-2016Obituaries
Robert Chaltry

11-30-2016Obituaries
Shirley G. Collins

11-30-2016Obituaries
Carol Jean Downing

11-30-2016Obituaries
Katherine L. Duaime

11-30-2016Obituaries
Orven L. Fabry

11-30-2016Obituaries
James Haban

11-30-2016Obituaries
Leonard Jarosz

11-30-2016Obituaries
Robert Magnin

11-30-2016Obituaries
Lela M. McTrusty

11-30-2016Obituaries
Richard E. Neely

11-30-2016Community - Coleman
Village Board Meets Dec. 5

11-30-2016Obituaries
Myra I. Orlando

11-30-2016Community - Coleman
Youth Wrestling Sign Up Dec. 1st

11-30-2016Obituaries
Bernadine M. Pietrek

11-30-2016Obituaries
Elaine H. Rathjen

11-30-2016Community - Coleman
Free Health Event at Coleman PK Fit

11-30-2016Obituaries
James L. Stillman

11-30-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman SHINE Bazaar, Craft Sale on Dec. 3rd

11-30-2016Obituaries
Sonia L. Stephanie

11-30-2016Obituaries
Linda Wolff

11-30-2016Community - Crivitz
Violin Lessons, Bowl New Area Classes

11-30-2016Community - Crivitz
Honored for 70 Years in Catholic Financial

11-30-2016Front Page
21 Volunteers Become Advocates for Children

11-30-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department Sportsman Raffle Winners

11-30-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Earns 3 Stars on Report Cards

11-30-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Students Grades 4-6 in Chess Club

11-30-2016Front Page
Judge Halts Dec. 1 Start Of Overtime/Salary Rule

11-30-2016Front Page
Wisconsin Presidential Recount Is Underway

11-30-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is Dec. 5th

11-30-2016Front Page
Lectures, Tours Offered On Proposed Back Forty Mine

11-30-2016Front Page
Gala Parade, Many Events for Christmas in Marinette Dec. 3

11-30-2016Obituaries
Virginia E. Wilson

11-30-2016Obituaries
Stephen J. Wallace

11-30-2016Obituaries
Gail G. Van Caster

11-30-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-30-2016Perspectives
From My Window

11-30-2016Sports
2 Crivitz Youth Compete in PPK at Green Bay Dec. 4

11-30-2016Sports
Area Girls' Basketball

11-30-2016Sports
Area Boys' Basketball

11-30-2016Sports
MHSAA State Championship

11-22-2016Front Page
Sentinel Structures Trucks Oversized Load of Arches

11-22-2016Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Views Tentative New Building Plans

11-22-2016Front Page
Grover Voters Okay Levy Hike For New Fire Truck

11-22-2016Front Page
Coleman Earns Highest DPI Report Card Rating

11-22-2016Front Page
Wausaukee Residents Urged To Attend Nov. 30 Hearing

11-22-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman SHINE Bazaar, Craft Sale on Dec. 3rd

11-22-2016Community - Coleman
Santa Claus at Village Pound Lights Parade

11-22-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Trinity Church Advent Meal, Services

11-22-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Youth Wrestling Sign Up

11-22-2016Community - Crivitz
Church Sponsors Christmas in the Village of Bethlehem

11-22-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz 2nd Graders Thank Veterans

11-22-2016Community - Crivitz
Howard Members Join Crivitz VFW Memorial

11-22-2016Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Christmas Pot Luck

11-22-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Students Win Legion Auxiliary National Award

11-22-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Booster Club Wine, Beer Testing Feb. 11

11-22-2016Community - Wausaukee
Town of Wausaukee Levy is $445,957.40

11-22-2016Community - Wausaukee
Library Cookie Walk Dec. 3rd

11-22-2016Obituaries
Doris M. Zimmerman

11-22-2016Obituaries
Eugene Trepanier

11-22-2016Obituaries
Patricia L. Thomas

11-22-2016Obituaries
Floyd F. Suennen

11-22-2016Obituaries
Irene D. Strzyzykowski

11-22-2016Obituaries
Evelyn C. Quarnstrom

11-22-2016Obituaries
Harry J. Ruff

11-22-2016Obituaries
Jerry L. Popp

11-22-2016Obituaries
Austin Kubiak

11-22-2016Obituaries
Jane M. Janes

11-22-2016Obituaries
James Haban

11-22-2016Obituaries
Ralph E. Bancroft

11-22-2016Obituaries
Dona J. Van Hoff

11-22-2016Obituaries
David A. McClain

11-22-2016Obituaries
Nick Vidas

11-22-2016Obituaries
Agnes Kowalski

11-22-2016Obituaries
Elsabea J. Oldham

11-22-2016Obituaries
Kenneth W. Westcott

11-22-2016Obituaries
Orville J. Renier

11-22-2016Obituaries
Raymond H. Rakers

11-22-2016Obituaries
The Rev. em. Reginald E. Pope

11-22-2016Obituaries
Albert P. Mineau

11-22-2016Obituaries
Elaine A. Marquardt

11-22-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Lownik

11-22-2016Obituaries
Betty A. LaCount

11-22-2016Obituaries
Doris I. Kriegl

11-22-2016Obituaries
Angeline H. Johnston 

11-22-2016Obituaries
Barbara A. Erickson

11-22-2016Obituaries
Carol M. Bushmaker 

11-22-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-22-2016Perspectives
From our readers

11-22-2016Perspectives
From My Window

11-22-2016Sports
Coach Motkowski Ready to Unleash "Dogs in '16-൙

11-22-2016Sports
M&O Basketball - Area Teams Start Season with Wins

11-22-2016Sports
Young Marines Hold On in Season Opener

11-22-2016Sports
MSHAA Semifinal - Maroons To Face Grand Rapids West In State Final


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think Donal Trump made good choices in his cabinet?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites