My Army Ordnance Ammunition Company joined General Patton’s Third Army the night it crossed the Rhine River. One day I was standing on the back of a two-and-a-half ton truck moving slowly along a road by the Starnberger See, below Munich. A file of soldiers was moving slowly along the side of the road. Imagine my surprise when I saw my classmate, Lieutenant Elmore Willets, up front leading the squad. I called out to him.
At a reunion years later, Elmore told me that at that time he was quartered in the home of a German and that, while examining the bookshelves in the home, he was surprised to find a copy of our 1938 Andover yearbook. Later he learned that the house was owned by a man who had been one of [classmate] Theo Hagedorn’s teachers! Theo was a German who attended Andover for a year. He had been in the German Air Force. [Editor’s note: Hagedorn ’38’s full story is included in Extended Content.]
Another day I was ordered to take a load of ammunition to Dachau, an experience one does not forget.