Monthly Archives: January 2014

Operation Shingle – The Invasion of Anzio

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On January 22, 1944 Operation Shingle was launched. This was an Allied amphibious landing in the area of Anzio and Nettuno, Italy. The operation was commanded by American Major General John P. Lucas and was intended to outflank German forces … Continue reading

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January 22, 1944 – Saturday

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We are to land some time this morning. You can see the Navy ships firing toward shore. We heard over the loud speaker that the first wave of troops landed okay and we are waiting to go ashore. Planes came … Continue reading

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January 21, 1944 – Friday

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Ate breakfast, then listened to the guitar playing until dinner time. We are now leaving the harbor of Naples, for where we don’t know, it’s either above or below Rome. Miner, Ross, Joe and I all played pinochle all afternoon. … Continue reading

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January 20, 1944 – Thursday

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Up at 8 am this morning. Ate breakfast and then went down below to hear some colored boys play a guitar. They could really swing it. Played cards and shot craps all afternoon. Joe and I have a Bruns Watters … Continue reading

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January 19, 1944 – Wednesday

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We were all up at 7 am this morning and was it ever cold last night. I just about froze. We ate breakfast and sat around and talked till dinner time. Played cards in the afternoon and in the evening. … Continue reading

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January 18, 1944 – Tuesday

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Up at 7 am. We are to leave at 9 am to load on to the LST. We have been here all day now and still haven’t left. We played cards and read. We loaded on the LST 224 at … Continue reading

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January 17, 1944 – Monday

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Up at six this morning. Loaded our sleeping bags and got ready to leave at 8:15 am. We went down to the Staging area and stayed there all day. Joe Watters, Miner and I went up town for a while. … Continue reading

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January 16, 1944 – Sunday

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We worked all day getting things packed up, ready to leave. Tonight Jim Nachtigal and I went up town. We dodged MP’s all the time we were in town. When we got home the company was packing the tents. We … Continue reading

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January 15, 1944 – Saturday

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We have to go on a hike this morning that turned out to be a parade. General Clark, Truscott, and Lucas were all there. They gave a speech on the coming landing. Its seem as it is going to be … Continue reading

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Letter Home – January 14, 1944

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Dear Mother & Dad, Well here goes a little more while I have time. I am sending home a few more negatives and about four prints, also a few clippings for my scrapbook. I don’t believe I will ever get … Continue reading

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