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Son needs information about father's war experiences

I'm trying to find information about my father's war experiences in World War II. My father's name is Warren E. Harrison (he might have gone by the name Ed Harrison at that time). He was a sergeant and squad leader with the 99th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge.

He died several years ago and was never one to talk much about his war time experiences in any great detail.

I was hoping there might be a divisional roster where I could look up his service record and perhaps identify his specific unit number in order to track further details. I have his original dog tag number if this would be useful as a reference.

I do recall stories he told about being over in Belgium only about a month when the battle started. He talked about being in his foxhole for two days while the shells fell around him on Elsenborn Ridge. He also talked about being one of perhaps 12 survivors out of a company of 120 men.

He went on to cross the Remagen Bridge a day or so before it ultimately collapsed. He played basketball and I believe stayed on in Germany for a few months after the war in Europe ended to play within the Army interdivisional tournaments.

Any suggestions on available resources would be greatly appreciated. It would be great if one of your readers might remember him. He was a tall man, about 6'4", from Rosedale Queens, just outside of New York City.

The six months prior to being shipped over to Europe he was a drill sergeant, I believe at Fort Benning GA.

Bill Harrison

6205 Point Circle

Centreville VA 20120-1161