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Merrill DeWald, 2007 

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Highest Rank: Sergeant

Military Service: Drafted, 1942 -  1945


Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:00 - Drafted
2:49 - Brothers in the military also
3:27 - Memories of Pearl Harbor and training
6:38 - Landed in England; waterproofed vehicles with cosmoline grease 
8:28 - Utah Beach (D-Day+1); fighting; dead soldiers; plans going down in the water; must have humor or go nuts; fighting in Germany
14:53 - Food during the war; K and C Rations; fishing with grenades; cooking in helmets  
19:39 - Letters to wife; a daughter born during the war; whisky in the mail from wife
22:15 - Feet issues (wet and cold) 
25:11 - Feelings about being in the war
25:55 - Rank and pay during the war 
28:27 - Life after the war
30:04 - Expeiences in war; friendly fire 

Merrill DeWald Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Wagner, SD. 


Images Provided by Merrill DeWald

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Book Merrill DeWald received from the U. S. Army after WWII


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Merrill DeWald commented, "I can still remember walking by this German soldier. His shoes were still smoking!" (Photo from Mission Accomplished, 343rd F.A.BN.)


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Merrill DeWald was shot at by this German plane before it was hit by American artillery. (Photo from Mission Accomplished, 343rd F.A.BN.)


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Merrill DeWald witnessed the destruction of war; he walked by this horrible scene during WWII. (Photo from Mission Accomplished, 343rd F.A.BN.


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The 90th "Tough 'Ombres" Division (History of the 90th Division, provided by Merrill DeWald)


Dakota Digest - WWII Veteran Merrill DeWald, 2007

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