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Let’s hear about
the Rhine crossing

I really enjoy reading the Checkerboard. News regarding the Battle of the Bulge is great. Maybe you could cover crossing the Rhine River on March 9-10, 1945. Crossing the railroad bridge three days before it fell, we fought off a battalion of Germans stationed in the city of Remagen, thus making it possible to cross the Cologne Plain.

I received my Purple Heart and Bronze Star on March 13. After being wounded I took 12 prisoners back with me to the aid station. On the way I captured a lieutenant forward observer for the German artillery. I was taken to Bamberg and flown to a hospital near Paris, France, where I spent the next five months before returning to the U.S.

Bob Fickett
702 Adams Ln
Kaufman TX 75142

Last modified April 16, 2010