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76th Division Killed in Action Season's Greetings Post Card


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I came across this Post Card recently that was a Season's Greetings from the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Training Center at Camp Edwards, MA that was mailed by Cpl Walter J. Kudzia Jr. to his parents in Lawrence, MA the day after Christmas in 1943 and I thought it was of interest.

 

Kudzia was Killed in Germany in 1945 as a member of the 76th Infantry Division (see article from Feb. of 1945 quoting him below) so sorry to say he never made it home. Please remember him and all of the others who gave their all so that we could enjoy our Christmas in Peace.

 

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Thomas Schultz

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A very poignant and touching card. Thank you for sharing it. We tend to take things for granted these days.

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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It's interesting that my grandfather also served in the 76th Division during WWII but prior to that was in an Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit... Just like this soldier!

 

I wonder if they were both initially in an Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit but then transferred to Infantry to help during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

I heard from an Truck Driver/Engineer that everyone was turned into an infantryman to hold the line.

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I'm sure that the case as once the infantry units were running low on replacements they looked elsewhere within the Army to find available troops and Anti Aircraft Units were ones that became donor units.

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