Remembrances: David Dunn: WWII Memories
Someone had to do it and you did. I have just completed a tour of the most interesting stories of our participation in WW2. I was an ASTP-er.Univ. of Idaho assigned to Cn Co, 353rd Infantry, given the job of artillery mechanic because I was a T4 . Did the usual Hunter Ligget to Butner to Miles Standish landing at LeHarve off loaded at the dock. Cleaned the cosmoline at Pavilly, liberated Moselle wine at Alf crossed the Moselle. No action by our unit. It was travel and march order from position to position. Many times 88s would come whining in to a position immediately after we had left. At one time ended up on a plateau overlooking Freidrichroda at the time there was a firefight going on with tanks just like the movies I don't know what unit chased the Germans off of this position it had to be a very important place because there was a large resort hotel on the site and a very tall communication tower. Also, this tower was the communication center for the whole German command. To our amazement when we inspected the tower we found hundreds of thousand Reichmark notes, a verital fortune. The former occupants must have left in great haste. I did not go up into the upper part. It was several stories in height. The beer parlor snack bar was still in operation by civilians. Some of us guzzled up some beer, paid for it with this German money...P.S., those Reichmarks were genuine and contrary to what we thought Germany's money was good even after the war. I would really like to know more about this place. Plans were changed and we were ordered off and sent down the winding road through the forest. Tracer bullets were flying through the air. I have no idea as to what was going on. Climbing back on my pillow of 105-mm ammo, I rode the ammo truck, and went to sleep. Next morning we were going through Freidrichroda. Thus far we have had no fire orders.