09 July 2010


From an article entitled "Holder of Croix de Guerre Gets Army Discharge" in the Gettysburg Times on this day in 1945:

Bernard E. Small, West High street, New Oxford, formerly a technician fifth grade with the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and holder of the Croix de Guerre from the French First army for remaining at his post as a machine gunner during a German tank and infantry attack near Coimar...is a veteran of 42 months of service in the army of which 34 1/2 were served overseas.

Attached with his Tank Destroyer Battalion to the famed American First Division, Coropral Small was with the first troops to sail to the European Theatre of Operations aboard the equally famed Queen Mary. "They packed 22,000 aboard that trip," he said.

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