By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013) — THE PLANET posts today in honor of Veteran’s Day. We offer this tribute to all who serve, particularly those who served and saw combat — all the men and women, in all times, in every war and conflict. This includes my dad, who fought on the front lines in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, 99th Infantry Division, 394th Regiment, in The Battle of the Bulge. The 394th played a strategic role in turning back Hitler‘s final gamble. He’s now 93, still in good health, still a walking hero, though he has never thought of himself as one.
“Although cut up and surrounded in part, the 99th was one of the only divisions that did not yield to the German attack, and held their positions until reinforcements arrived.
“The lines were then moved back to form defensive positions east of Elsenborn Ridge on the 19th. Here it held firmly against violent enemy attacks.
“From 21 December 1944 to 30 January 1945, the unit was engaged in aggressive patrolling and reequipping. It attacked toward the Monschau Forest, 1 February, mopping up and patrolling until it was relieved for training and rehabilitation, 13 February.”
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK IMMEDIATELY BELOW FOR A BRIEF TRIBUTE:
All veterans: We salute you.
“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Pittsfield resident.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.