Higgins - May 7, 1945
Today the war here finished. I canít seem to grasp it. This stillness is as bad as all the noise. It seems like a great weight on ones shoulder that canít be shook off. Yes Iím well, not a scratch through it all. Only my soul is battle scarred. Iím much thinner, but I feel fine. The weather here today was beautiful, the first nice day in weeks. I think God arranged it that way. No one seems to know what is going to happen. Iím just praying. If you get a chance to, put in your word. Show no easiness on these people here, they must be guided by a firm hand and a fair one. Their minds are twisted into a terrible condition.
Winter - May 5, 1945
Well Darling for the first time over here I feel like the war might be over. I havenít read a newspaper for so long & havenít heard a radio either but last night May 4th at 9:20 pm in this large ruined city of Germany somebody hollered, ďThe warís over.Ē So in this yard where my caboose was, all the engine whistles, 45 automatics, 03 rifles, switchmenís horns & flares were going full blast. At 9:25 pm just five minutes later, the roundhouse started all engine whistles & pistols. At p:30 pm the whole town sounded like the front lines. Iím telling you the tears run right down my face as all I thought of then was you. After my little cry I went back in the caboose & got my 45 automatic pistol and fired 50 rounds right into the sky. It was a feeling Iíll never be able to explain but I was happy. No one knows for sure yet if the war is really over.
Can you describe your feelings on V-E Day? Well, uh, [chuckle] Washington D.C. went crazy. I mean, everybody wasÖitís one of those indescribable things. Everybody was out on the streets, they were dancing, they were singing, horns were blowing, sirens were going, and it was something you had to be there to appreciate. You just canít imagine how excited everybody was. People that didnít know one anther were hugging and kissing and just acting crazy. It was a wonderful, wonderful day. And of course, it went on through the week. Everybody was excited, the boys started coming home. Youíd go to Union Station and see families waiting for people that were coming back from the war. It was a time like no other.
Booker - August 31, 1944
Have civilians decided it is alright for American soldiers to keep on fighting over here after Germany falls? We will need more than ever, when Germany collapses, all the strength of our home front to put a speedy ending to the war over here.
When the war was over I went fishing with a hand grenade. I threw a grenade into a stream and caught a pike. The Battle of the Bulge started on December 16, 1944. My wife and I were married exactly one year latter. We went back to Boston on our honeymoon and Floyd was still at the Army hospital out at Ft. Debbons, so we went out to see him.
Triesler - May 1945
Today we heard the news. The beaten Wehrmacht has surrendered. For us here this is an anticlimax. Weíre been out of the war for several days. And tonight, in our Alpine resort hotel, there is no celebration, no drunkenness. This is being taken so quietly almost casually because since this drive of ours started 23 days ago, the speedy end has been inevitable. Iíve delayed writing pending a long letter of these last few days, which I shall start tomorrow. [I will write about] how our regiment captured 7,000 Germans, forced a whole German Corps to surrender, etc.
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