I received this email and once again I wish I had a working association with a coworker of Pearce's talent. He is an author of what I consider a fine novel that is timely (cell cloning) and is very well researched. His time spent on the front lines in the battle against Hitler to save sanity for the world where only horror existed, is his legacy to humanity.
In reading his poem I can feel his pain. That pain was replaced with talent that helped push CBS to its technical pinnacle.
Read his web page, that of a patriot.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 7:13 PM
Subject: V E Day
Monday, May 8th is the anniversary of V E Day 1945.
I remember what I was doing on V E Day day.Do you remember what you were doing on that day?
(From "Papa's War,Part 6")
Fulpmes, Gries am Brenner, VE Day, May 8th 1945
On May 4th 1945, we received word that the formal surrender of Innsbruck was accepted by Brigadier General John T. Pierce, Assistant Division Commander, 103d Infantry Division.
Rumor had it that each successive day would see the formal surrender of all German forces but several days passed with no proclamation. It just took time to line up the right German officers to effect a formal surrender and officially end the war in Europe. Nevertheless, after the linkup with the Fifth Army, the heavy action was over and Hennum's radio team was relieved. We once again left Col.Yeuell's 411th Infantry Regiment and moved back for some much needed rest. We were sent to an Eidleweiss Mountain Troop School that the Germans had set up in Fulpmes, Gries am Brenner. The only way to get there from Brenner was down a very rough and bumpy unpaved road. We arrived there on May 8th 1945 just as VE (Victory in Europe) Day was officially proclaimed .
I had been saving my bottle of Champagne wrapped safely in my Nazi flag in the tire chain compartment ever since I got it, way back in Landau, on the other side of the Rhine. I was saving it for a special occasion and this seemed to be special enough. It was time to break it out and celebrate.
Unfortunately, the trip down that bumpy road and the change of temperature from near freezing at Brenner to a mild spring day all had detrimental effects on the Champagne. When I popped the cork, the Champagne spurted out toward the ceiling and everyone ran around like kids in the rain, trying to catch a few sips in their canteen cups. They all managed to catch a little and there was still a small amount left in the bottle for me. Its a good thing, because I had been too busy trying to direct the spurt to catch any for myself.
We toasted the end of the war with Germany but there was no wild celebration ------- it was a time for quiet meditation. Japan was still there and we would undoubtedly have to head for the Pacific, but hopefully not before a Rest and Rehabilitation (R&R) leave in the States.______________________________________
I guess a lot of us tried our hands at poetry over there, including me:
VE Day, May 8, 1945
Silent we stood, Like things of wood, Watching bursts of orange in the snow,Wond'ring if it was our time to go.
Death came so near, That we could hear, The tortured screams when He found his prey, But we were spared for another day.
Our God was good, He understood, How little we had learned before this show, How many things there were for us to know.
The smoke has cleared, The Death we feared, Has vanished, with the snow, in May, To snare us in some other way.___________________________________________________________