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Combat Reels...30th Infantry Division
Unedited Raw Combat Footage covering the 30th from May
1944 to August 1944...just prior to Mortain. This is NOT a documentary but
rare footage shot by combat cameramen that were there!! No sound but I
HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Click the following link to order.
AGAIN....this is a must, in my opinion. I receive no compensation
for this recommendation.
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CLICK THIS LINK TO ORDER from Combat
Reels, Fort Worth, TX
Link to YouTube film of the
Liberation of Heerlen....placed by a 15 year old Dutch girl.
Tragedy at Gross
Steinum, Germany....April, 1945
Battle of Hollen,
Germany......Feb. 25th, 1945....119th, Co. G.
Lt. Col. Jochen
Peiper......Atrocity Trial Testimony obtained from U.S. Army Center of
Military History....Adobe PDF file.
Supplement to above Peiper Testimony.....rest
of report..also Adobe PDF file.
"Too Many Men"
article by Col. Branner P. Purdue, Commander of the 120th Infantry
Regiment....written for the Infantry Journal......Adobe PDF file.
for December 21st, 1944....Malmedy Defense
veterans revisit Holland and shake hands with Prince Willem Alexander
Please click on following links for photos and
information on the liberation of Holland:
documentary .............14 September, 1944.
Non-Airborne Troops in Holland in World War II
Photos of Liberation...many
of Eijsden.....September, 1944.
Crossing....July 7-20, 1944
D.....Lt. Donald J. Strand...Letter dated Oct. 2nd, 1984 relating his
experience in the Bulge. Special
thanks to Dennis Strand for providing and giving permission to share this
valuable 30th history!! Adobe PDF file
Tank Battalion...Memorial Service Program....May 20th, 1945...Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Colbitz, Germany. A rare solemn reminder of
the great sacrifice of these brave men.
823rd Tank Battalion..Lt. Col. Stanley
Dettmer's Army Officers Notebook....in two parts...Adobe PDF files.
of Heer...Diary of a resident of Beek, Holland...Aug. 31st to Sept. 20th,
Adobe PDF file....17 pages.
1940's Map of Heer
In Memory of
Hot Springs, South Dakota
Fall River County
April 4, 1918 -- January 15, 1945
Killed in Action at St. Vith, Belgium
Dwayne Donald Lester was the
son of Ira and Anna Haley Lester. He was born April 4, 1918,
in Philip, South Dakota. Mr. Lester went to school in
Philip, South Dakota. Dwayne was a fine, likeable young man
who made many friends. After graduating from Philip High
School, he moved to Hot Springs. He drove truck and later
worked as a taxicab driver in Hot Springs. He was also a
clerk at the Black Hills Hotel in Hot Springs. Dwayne Lester
met Lucille Haley in 1938, and they married in the spring of
1939. They moved to Denver and Mr. Lester worked at
Remington Factory in Rapid. They had one son, Donald Eugene
Lester, who was born May 27, 1940.
Staff Sergeant Dwayne Donald
Lester enlisted in the Army in January, 1944. He received
his basic training in South Carolina. Staff Sergeant Lester
was in the military one year before coming home for the
summer on furlough. He then went directly to England, where
he landed in August. The next month he joined the 30th
Division of the First Army in France. As an infantryman,
Sergeant Lester took part in chasing the Germans out of
France, and in the hard fighting which took place in
Belgium, Holland, and Germany. The 30th or "Old
Hickory" division, which Sergeant Lester joined in
September, was the first outfit to crack the famed Siegfried
line in Germany. It spearheaded almost every drive which the
American Armies made against the enemy. On October 18,
Sergeant Dwayne D. Lester was promoted from Private to
Sergeant. He was then promoted to Staff Sergeant. While in
the service he sent home a Christmas card to his wife and
Happy New Year.
Dearest Lucille and Donnie,
To two of the sweetest people I know. Iím wishing you a
Merry X-mas and
Staff Sergeant Dwayne D.
Lester was killed in action in Belgium on January 15, 1945
according to a telegram by Colonel Walter M. Johnson,
Colonel of the 117th Infantry.
He died in the line of
duty, in keeping with the highest standards and
traditions of the Army and of his country which he
served so nobly and well. No man could have done more to
help bring an early end to this crusade for human
freedom. He was a soldier and a man. Both officers and
men of his unit miss him greatly, but his courageous
example in making the supreme sacrifice has given all of
us additional strength to complete the unfinished tasks
Army Staff Sergeant Dwayne D.
Lester received two Bronze stars and a citation in Germany
in December for meritorious service. Staff Sergeant Dwayne
Lester was originally buried in Belgium. He was later
brought back to the United States and buried in Fort
McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County,
I will remember the service
and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Dwayne D. Lester. He was a
great man who served his country with the greatest of honor.
was respectfully submitted by Haley McClure, 11th
grade at Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs, South Dakota,
April 26, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by
Mrs. Lucille Gillespie, Seattle Washington, wife of Army
Staff Sergeant Dwayne D. Lester.
Are you Okay!
Look what I bought!
It's a bottle of beer made in 1994,
remembering 50 years of liberation. Made in Maastricht (the first Liberated
Dutch city, Sept. 14 1944) by the "Ridder Brewery Maastricht".
On the front you can see the "White Star of
the city of Maastricht" and the "Old Hickory badge". On the back it says (in
"On June 13th 1944 the 30th Infantry Division
("The Old Hickory "Division") under command of general-major Hobbs, landed
on the beaches of Normandy. Via Waterloo and Tongeren they stood on sept.
13th on the banks of the river Maas (Meuse) and they liberated "Wyck", the
part of Maastricht where the "Ridder Brewery" is located. On September 14th
the rest of Maastricht was also liberated, and a pontoon bridge was made
across the river. In Remembrance and celebrating 50 years of Liberation of
Maastricht, by the Old Hickory Division, the Ridder Brewery specialty made
Although I like a glass of beer now and then,
you will understand that I won't open this one!!
Greetings from Noorbeek, the Netherlands.
detailing the Dec. 19th Battle for Stoumont.
Click for DETAILS...Duel in the