- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 8, 1943, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and sent to Camp McCain in Mississippi. I was assigned to F Company, 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Division, which fought in Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army in World War II.

I was promoted to sergeant after training. Our division shipped overseas on the RMS Queen Elizabeth on Oct. 17, 1944, and arrived in England on Oct. 22, 1944. We left England by ship to Le Havre, France, and then we went by truck and rail to action at Metz, France.

We fought our way south to Walsheim, Germany. We left the Walsheim area in 10-ton open-bed trucks on Christmas Day and headed to the Battle of the Bulge, where some of the bloodiest and most brutal fighting of World War II took place. Besides fighting the Germans, we faced severe weather, with sleet, snow and subzero temperatures. After the Bulge, we fought at the Sauer River, the Our River and then through the Siegfried Line to the Moselle River.

Because I suffered from trench foot, I was sent to aid stations, then to England. I was flown to a hospital near Andover, England, and was sent back to the United States on the USS General W.P. Richardson. The ship arrived in the United States on June 27, 1945.

I spent 93 days in almost continuous combat. Forty-four Company F men were killed. For every one killed, one to three men were wounded.

FREDERICK R. CARMICHAEL
Arlington

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