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Battle of The Bulge, 75 Years Ago

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I posted part of this grouping back in April when I first got it but thought I would post again in honor of the many veterans who fought 75 years ago at the Battle of the Bulge.

Pvt. Ronald E. Dindal enlisted at the age of 22 on December 19, 1942. He served as a Gliderman with the 101st Airborne, 326th A/B Medical Company.

On 17 December 1944, the 326th A/B Medical Company was alerted to move by motor convoy from Camp Mourmelon, France to the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium to provide medical care and evacuation to the 101st Airborne Division. They arrived at their destination near Bastogne at 1100 hours, 19 Dec/44 and proceeded to set up their hospital tents and equipment.

At 2215 hours, 19 Dec/44, the Field Hospital Station was attacked by enemy patrol made up of an estimated 100 Germans and 3 armored vehicles.

Exactly two years to the day of his enlistment, Pvt. Dindal was captured along with most of his Company.

With freezing temperatures, members of the 326th A/B Medical Company were forced to march to an unknown destination and were shuffled back and forth from one location to another. They were eventually transported to Stalag IVB Muhlberg, one of the largest POW camps in Germany during WWII. During the duration of the war, over 3,000 Allied POWs at Stalag IVB died mostly due to sickness or starvation.

Over 30,000 Allied POWs of Stalag IVB along with Pvt. Dindal were liberated by Soviet troops in April 1945.

Also shown here are Pvt. Dindal's US issued dogtags, POW dogtags along with a ring and ring box. The ring is a bit unusual and is sometimes referred to as a mourning ring. It is made of black bakelite and has his photo embedded in the top. I am almost sure that when news of his capture was received, his wife chose the ring and wore it as a remembrance of him.

Many thanks to the heroes who are currently serving or have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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75 years ago...not 65


WOODS NOW U.S MARINE CORPS ENTIRELY, our lines include now the entire Bois de Belleau. Signed, Major Shearer "Skipper" 5Th Marines, 3rd Bat - June 25th 1918

 

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I absolutely loved seeing this grouping earlier this year and only fitting you share it again now. A wonderful piece of Bastogne-related 101st history!


Jamie

 

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