A Memorial Day tribute to all veterans
Donnis Fields is pictured here with an M-3 Halftrack. Although not as "glamorous" as a tank, the halftrack was an integral part of any armored division and was often fitted with .30 or .50 caliber machine guns for assault support. The one seen here has been converted to a "self-propelled gun." Halftracks also ferried infantry troops to combat zones and evacuated the wounded from the battlefield.
By Larry Cavender
Being wounded in battle is by no means ever to be considered a blessing. However, in the long history of conflict, many a soldier has considered one particular type of wound as a true blessing, a wound best described as non-fatal and non-debilitating, but serious enough to result in removal from harm's way and sent home, permanently. This type of injury is known in the parlance of a soldier as "a million dollar wound." This is the story of one man receiving such a wound.
In the spring of 1945, the German Wehrmacht was on its heels. In a few short weeks, Adolf Hitler would commit suicide in his Berlin bunker and the Thousand Year Reich would cease to be after little more than a decade.
Although World War II in Europe was in its final days, the war was still a reality for hundreds of thousands of American servicemen who had fought their way deep into the German Fatherland during the 10 months following the D-Day invasion in Normandy the preceding June.
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