At our homeschool co-op, we saw a World War II veteran speak. His name was Chet Elliott.
He was born in Ohio during 1923 and joined the army when he was 19. He drove half-tracks. Those have tank treads in the back and wheels in the front. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and used an M-1 rifle. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive of World War II. Elliott was in the 6th armor division. His favorite job was driving a truck.
One time there was a German tank driving towards him, and he thought it was an American tank until the last minute. Miraculously, he survived.
After he released a prisoner, he gave Chet a big bowl of cherries. Unfortunately, they were sour.
There is a plaque on the bridge for him where he was wounded. He is currently 93. When he left the army, he was a corporal.
It was an interesting speech, and I would like to find out more. I am thankful for all the soldiers who fought in all these wars for our freedom.