This is a letter from a Company B 506th soldier.
During the Bulge what they call a Lifehack now (or
what we used to call common sense) occurred.
The three men mentioned in this letter to George
Koskimaki were Medic Eugene De La Cruz ASN 19087982,
Sargent Lee Rogers ASN 39183954 and Private Robert
Flory ASN 15331677 the Supply Clerk.
(The name of the furry friend we still don't know
to this day)
"Approx. Dec 23rd, 1944
After the Noville withdrawal,
the 1st battalion went into regimental reserve at a
place called Savy. My squad found haven in an old
barn. It was starting to turn cold, snow was falling
and food was non-existent. We were fairly snug in
that barn and I remember sleeping in a hay manger.
One night I was awakened by a sharp pain in my right
I reached my hand up and felt
something furry. A rat had bitten through my ear
lobe. I was bleeding profusely and woke Gene
DeLaCruz, our medic. He dressed my ear and said not
to worry; you've had your tetanus shot. To this day
1 shudder every time I see a rat!
One thing about Lee Rogers; he
was one savvy soldier. Not one man in his squad
suffered from trench foot. As soon as the weather
turned cold, he took us in the barn and made us take
off our boots and socks. Then he showed us how to
take strands of hay and twist them to fit between
our toes. Pulling our socks and boots back on, you
could feel the friction when you walked, creating
February 25, 2023