Robert Arnold Dewsnap’s
Boot camp - Ft.
Custer, Mich. 3-29-43 M.P. training.
Nov 26, 1943 shipped out of Boston,
rendezvoused with convoy at Newfoundland
Sailed 10 days to Firth of Clyde
Stayed over night and went to
Hollywood, North Ireland where they stayed for 1 1/2 months.
Drove truck hauling supplies from
Belfast to the base and did town patrol in Belfast (beautiful green
country side but B.F. wasn't pretty).
Landed at Utah Beach in France 15
days after D-Day (June 6) by LCI (landing craft infantry).
Firth of Clyde - shallow port sent
gliders out to fetch, stayed in guan set huts and took flat bottom boat
St. Malo - not a building standing
St. Thigonic - guarded POW camp
30,000 Germans with a 45 pistol
Maastrich Holland - replacement
Kerkrade H. coal mine - slept at 3
deck (2 wks) Dec. 44 Roer River at Flood
Heerlen, German - 19th COR
Geilenkirchen - cross Rhine at Wesel
on pontoon bridge
Warendorf Germany - got Nazi flag
from Nazi Party headquarters with acre long underground file room with row
after row of complete ID file on every German citizen. A beautiful rose
garden at ground level completely camouflaged it.
Sladthagen - captured S.S. (tattoo
under right arm)
Gardelegen - we found where slave
laborer where rounded up, herded into a big barn and set a fire - trenches
around were filled with bodies and covered with quick lime (all civilians)
Klotze - commandeered a hotel waited
5 days for Russians advance to Elbe River.
Loaded up on transport trucks and
road 5-6 days all the way across Europe stopping at transiet camp only for
chow and over nite on cots.
Stayed at Camp Lucky Strike on the
bluff above Harve France Britney Pennensulafor 10 days waiting for
transport ship - back to New Port News, Va.
30 days leave then troop train to
Camp Cook on West coast for 1 1/2 months (now Vandenberg by Santa Maria)
sitting in troop train Chicago when heard news of V.J. (great feeling!).
Finally Fort Ord for week - 10 days
Drove new trainees to beach for
amphibious training and then back at nite. Tonsils removed by wire loop
while sitting in straight back chair.
Russian pistols for souvenirs
confiscated - Belgian 7.65 mm Walther pistol
German P.38 and ammo
War buddies - Don Gramps and Striker
- Oakdale, CA
Discharged - Fort Ord 11-9-45