Pierce Evans, December 16th is fast approaching with the sad reminder to you that, is was the day the "Battle of the Bulge," started.
I remember that Betty Claudio's, father Ed LaBrie, lost his toes in the frozen snow of that era. He came home with a Bronze Star for his efforts.
If I remember correctly it was your "outfit" that endured through this terrible ordeal, but, with distinction.
I am proud to remind those that 59 years ago Brigadier General Mcauliffe, said to the German commander who asked him to surrender, he replied a resounding, "AW, NUTS?"
Pierce Evans, today's young Americans are putting in all on the line to a bunch of coward sniper bastards, in Iraq, and they too, are adding to the page of American Red-White-and-Blue courage.
So we can rest securely in the knowledge that there will always be Americans that will rise to the occasion as you, and Ed LaBrie, did in the frozen Forrest of Ardennes.
Here are some pertinent facts:
The Battle of the, Bulge which lasted from December 16, 1944, to January 28, 1945, was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated.
More than a million men fought in this battle including some 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British.
The German military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps (equal to 29 divisions).
While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with six corps (equal to 31 divisions).
At the conclusion of the battle the casualties were as follows: 81,000 US with 19,000 killed, 1400 British with 200 killed, and 100,000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.