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WWII Liberation of Paris

August 28, 2014
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

One of the most memorable events of World War II?took place on August 23, 1944. An article in the Fort Dodge Messenger on August 23 explains it simply. I happened to be part of the parade that took place that day. Here I will share some of my memories of that day with you.

As we drove through Paris I was riding in the rear seat of a jeep on our way to Germany. We passed by a cathedral and I hollered out "Is that Notre Dame cathedral?"?Someone in the crowd hollered back, "Yes."

A French woman held out her baby for me to hold, as to her it was an honor to have an American soldier hold her baby. I held the baby for a short time and then handed it back to her.

That night we slept in the parking lot of the Paris branch of Eastman Kodak. We were the first Americans the Kodak manager had seen in 4 years. I saw a German Reconnaissance plane fly over Paris that night.

We traveled for over a week and went through the Belgian town of Bastogne. By the night of September 3 we were in a German bunker in the Siegfried line, and were among the first Americans to enter Germany. There I saw our medic leading 42 Germans who had surrendered to him.

(signed)?Loren M. Greiner

Emmetsburg, IA



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