Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 16, 1943 – Monday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWell we had a rest today.  The whole company was in.  All we did was lay around, play cards, read, write letters, and sleep.  The first platoon had to go out and work.  Went to bed early.  They have been … Continue reading

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Letter home – August 15, 1943

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponDear Mother & Dad; Here is another Sunday and the days are still the same. You have a hard time trying to keep up with the day’s. We had a mail call last night and I received a letter from … Continue reading

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August 15, 1943 – Sunday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponI laid around all morning and so I wrote letters after dinner.  We are moving again.  Boy that bridge sure slowed us up.  The front is about 25 miles from us.  The people along the way seem a lot different … Continue reading

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A ‘Bridge to the Sky’

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponChick talks about the invasion of Sicily in July of 1943 and how the 10th Engineers built a ‘Bridge to the Sky’ at Point Calava, Sicily that was reported on by Ernie Pyle. Filmed 2007 at the studios of WILL, … Continue reading

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Bridge at Point Calava, Sicily

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponThe following excerpts have been taken from different references sources about the Bridge that was built by the 10th Engineers. …… While no direct enemy fire was received when the 30th approached Cape Calava, the advance was halted abruptly where … Continue reading

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August 14, 1943 – Saturday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUpon  I went out to work with the Company today.  The Jerries did a beautiful job of demolition at the end of the tunnel.  We had to put in a trestle bridge and it was sure a job as you … Continue reading

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August 13, 1943 – Friday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWe moved up to a new area this morning as we have the Jerries on the run.  We camped in a cane forest and then just waited.  We cooked our own meal.  We will be more like bums when we … Continue reading

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August 12, 1943 – Thursday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWe moved again to to Cape d’Orlando.  Stayed there a while and then took off for the front. Boy what a mess, dead men sprawled everywhere.  We came back to our area and went to bed.  Airplanes came over and … Continue reading

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August 11, 1943 – Wednesday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWe laid around all morning and thought we may move but didn’t.  Not much happened today.  At night we moved over to St. Agata.  They are fighting at Cape d’Orlando now.  We went up to the front and shells were … Continue reading

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Letter home – August 10, 1943

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponDear Mother & Dad; Here we are still plugging along. I imagined by the time this lettered gets home this island will be in our hands. At least I hope so, then maybe we will get a rest. How is … Continue reading

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