XIX Corps in Action D Day to Germany

To honor those who have served, I share these colorful pictorials from our family archives that detail the countries and towns through which the XIX Corps traveled and battled during WWII.

According to the copyrights, these were drawn by “T/5 Henry J. Mac Millan” and “Reproduced by 62nd Engr. Top Co. U.S. Army, Nov 1944”

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They are only a portion of an incredibly detailed written account too large to show in their entirety here.

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Opened, each map is roughly 24″ x 36″.

XIX Corps from Siegfried Line to Victory

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The Cost of Freedom

Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.” –Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770. Ford Edition of The Writings of Thomas Jefferson 1:376

Where does freedom come from?

Rest in Peace Grandfather
Rest in Peace Grandfather

This Memorial Day, I thought it fitting to remember the sacrifice of my grandfather, an American Army Sergeant who died fighting the Nazis on November 27, 1944 in Merzenhausen, Germany.

My understanding of the history is that there were so many American soldiers killed, that the expeditious handling of so many required assistance from neighboring European allies. Accordingly along with many others, my grandfather was buried in Holland where Dutch families adopted individual deceased American soldiers and the care of their resting place until after the war. At that time, next of kin chose final arrangements. Many remains were then disinterred and moved to the United States according to the families’ wishes.