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2nd Lt. John K. Singlaub, part of Jedburgh Team James, parachuted behind German lines in August 1944. He would go on to become a major general in the Army and one of the founding members of the CIA. (Photo courtesy of the personal collection of Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub, USA, Ret.)

2nd Lt. John K. Singlaub, part of Jedburgh Team James, parachuted behind German lines in August 1944. He would go on to become a major general in the Army and one of the founding members of the CIA. (Photo courtesy of the personal collection of Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub, USA, Ret.)

John Day on Peleliu, October 1944 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr

John Day on Peleliu, October 1944 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr

Lt. George McGovern, U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45, WW II. Drafted 1943, assigned to flight school and commissioned when he earned his wings. Bomber pilot over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and northern German-controlled Italy as part of the U.S. strategic bombing campaign in Europe. Earned Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. U.S. Senator (D-SD) 1963-81.

Lt. George McGovern, U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45, WW II. Drafted 1943, assigned to flight school and commissioned when he earned his wings. Bomber pilot over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and northern German-controlled Italy as part of the U.S. strategic bombing campaign in Europe. Earned Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. U.S. Senator (D-SD) 1963-81.

Thomas Weldon Fowler (October 31, 1921 – June 3, 1944) - Wichita Falls, TX,Texas A: a United States Army officer, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II.  On May 23, 1944 he led the 191st Tank Battalion in a combined armor-infantry attack near Carano in the Anzio Beachhead Italy. Eleven days later, Lieutenant Fowler was killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on October 28, 1944, for his actions during the battle near Carano.

Thomas Weldon Fowler (October 31, 1921 – June 3, 1944) - Wichita Falls, TX,Texas A: a United States Army officer, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II. On May 23, 1944 he led the 191st Tank Battalion in a combined armor-infantry attack near Carano in the Anzio Beachhead Italy. Eleven days later, Lieutenant Fowler was killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on October 28, 1944, for his actions during the battle near Carano.

Today in WW2 history 3/5/45 The 1st US Army reaches Köln (what's left of it).   "The German is now licked. It is merely a question of when he chooses to quit." So said British Field Marshall 1st Viscount Alan Brooke to Eisenhower. The gamble in the Ardennes had failed. When American soldiers reached Cologne (Köln) they completely surprised the hastily trained German defenders. The city fell under American control in only two days.

Today in WW2 history 3/5/45 The 1st US Army reaches Köln (what's left of it). "The German is now licked. It is merely a question of when he chooses to quit." So said British Field Marshall 1st Viscount Alan Brooke to Eisenhower. The gamble in the Ardennes had failed. When American soldiers reached Cologne (Köln) they completely surprised the hastily trained German defenders. The city fell under American control in only two days.

James Richard Hendrix - married to Helen Sims (Grandma Reba's sister). Known as Uncle Jack won the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty in WWII

James Richard Hendrix - married to Helen Sims (Grandma Reba's sister). Known as Uncle Jack won the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty in WWII

Military Woman Sitting in Tent, July, 1944.

Military Woman Sitting in Tent, July, 1944.

File:US Navy 041218-N-3236B-015 A World War II U.S. Army veteran and Nurse who served in the Battle of the Bulge, stands and watches as several speeches, presentations and a 21-gun salute are made.jpg

File:US Navy 041218-N-3236B-015 A World War II U.S. Army veteran and Nurse who served in the Battle of the Bulge, stands and watches as several speeches, presentations and a 21-gun salute are made.jpg

Looks a battle hardened soldier

Looks a battle hardened soldier

US 101st Airborne Division paratrooper Corporal Louis E. Laird, carrying bazooka, boards a C-47 transport during dress rehearsals for the Normandy invasion, spring 1944.

[Photo] US 101st Airborne Division paratrooper Corporal Louis E. Laird boarded a C-47 transport during dress rehersals for the Normandy invasion, spring 1944

US 101st Airborne Division paratrooper Corporal Louis E. Laird, carrying bazooka, boards a C-47 transport during dress rehearsals for the Normandy invasion, spring 1944.

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