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Tribute to:

1st LT. Charles H. Bernard Jr. ASN: O-1312659 Hq. Co. 1bn. 117th Inf. reg. 30th Inf. Div.
25 years old married, and he lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Name on Wall of Missing at Margraten.

Google Earth photo of probable location of Lt. Bernard's death.

Today photos of location taken by Ben Savelkoul of the Netherlands:

This view is approximately 200 meters from the curve by large tree where mine may have killed Lt. Bernard.

  This view is right at the curve.

This photo is from approximately 50 meters.  



On May 27th, 1945 the 30th Division was relieved by the British in Magdeburg.  The division CP was moved to Possneck.  It was during this time that high point veterans were transferred to the 76th Division to avoid being moved to the PTO.  About 550 officers and 4,500 EM were exchanged.  From Possneck the Division moved to the City Camp of Oklahoma City near Sissone arriving on July 9th and stayed for most of July:

ORIGINAL CITY CAMP MAP!!!  First I have ever seen....Extremely RARE:

City Camp Map...extreme detail.  Keys on side of map: Click to enlarge as always.

Camp Oklahoma City was located near Sissone (Yellow Arrow)  When the division left for the Cigarette Camp they boarded a train at St. Erme (Red Arrow).   Update: My Yellow and Red Arrows are too far south.   See City Camp Map above.
In the upper right of this 120th, Co. I photo album is a RARE photo of Camp Oklahoma City

On July 29th, 1945 the 30th moved from Camp Oklahoma City by train to Camp Lucky Strike.  This was the staging area for the Le Havre Port of Embarkation.   They sailed the channel on Aug. 2nd.   The map below indicates the location of Camp Lucky Strike.  Click on the links below to learn more about Camp Lucky Strike.  The Camp CP was located in a chateau in Janville (yellow arrow) and the camp outside of St. Sylvain (yellow arrow).  The train station, St. Valery, was just north of St. Sylvain...just off this map.

Click to enlarge.

Click on this link to learn more about the City Camps

Camp Lucky Strike was the staging area for boarding ship out of the Le Havre Port to sail for Southampton, England.  Click this link for more information on the Cigarette Camps
All of the division except the 119th IR boarded the USS Exchequer & USS Marine Wolf for the trip to England.  On Aug. 17th the division boarded the Queen Mary and sailed up the Narrows of NYC harbor on Aug. 21st and docked at Pier 90 on the Hudson River at 50th St.  The 119th boarded the USS General Black in Le Havre on Aug. 12th and sailed directly to Boston arriving Aug. 19th. 

Photo of Camp Lucky Strike...not 30th men though.

USS Wolf
Leaving England for HOME...arriving NYC evening of Aug. 21st.

  The 117th & 120th returned to Camp Kilmer upon arrival back in the US.  This is a booklet given to the men when they entered the camp.  Click the PDF file showing the entire booklet.  PDF file of booklet.

The 119th returned to the US at Camp Myles Standish..click to enlarge the following pages of teh booklet:


Film Clip of 30th at Rolduc Abbey, recreation center in Kerkrade,  Holland.

Breaching the Siegfried Line....photos, maps, reports...mainly XIX Corps material.

Awards page of 30th Individual Medals

105th Engineer World War I website....tremendous.

Charles E. Hall...117th Co. L.....photos, documents, and letters.

Link to 30th veterans visit to Europe


St. Joseph Chapel, Rimburg

May 2007 Ceremony realizing the placement of pictured plaque sponsored by Arno Lasoe


Jere Corlett

Dutch veterans from the area of Rimburg realized in 1950 the St. Joseph chapel.  Since 1953 the people in the area are remembering at the chapel those who died during WWII in the surrounding Dutch villages. In 1999 small monument was erected at the chapel with the names of Dutch citizens whom would have been killed during WWII.

The chapel is located just west of the Rimburg Castle.




A copy of a Dutch magazine called 'Steenkool' ('Coal'), a monthly magazine published by the coalmine-industry of south Limburg. This May 1955 issue covers the liberation of the so called 'Mijnstreek', the area where the coalmines were in the south of Limburg. It covers the period after the liberation of Valkenburg to the liberation of Heerlen on September 18th, 1944.  It is mainly about the fighting done by the 2nd Armored Division, but this unit was operating on the left flank of the 30th.


Of course this is Gen. Hobbs   Following is caption translation of dance photo: 'Kerkrade greets its liberators after being forced by the Germans to evacuate and they are expressing their joy in a dance in which young and old participated'.


Battle of Merzenhausen, Germany...Nov. 20-26   119th Reg. 2nd Battalion

30th Division's own G.I. Joe....honoring Francis S. Currey, 120th, Co. K

Tessy Sur Vire...Aug. 1/2, 1944

The Bombing of Malmedy....Dec. 23rd, 24th, and 25th


Deadly mines of Wurselen, Germany...Nov. '44  VIDEO CLIP.....Windows Media clip of 105th, Co. B engineer losing his foot to German mine in town. Be patient with download.   Again the 30th gets no credit....film sites both 30th and 84th but features 84th.  The 335th IR of the 84th ID took over Wurselen on the afternoon of Nov. 19th...AFTER the 1st and 3rd battalions of the 119th captured the city.  But portion of clip with German citizen and 105th Engineer of Co. B happened, I believe, on Nov. 17th.  See insert from 105th Engineer history book and photo of German citizen found on page 81 of 119th history book.

Wurselen, Nov. '44.  Page 81, 119th History Page 157, 105th Eng. history


A wife's letter to her husband in the 230th FA.

What is it that Binds Combat Veterans Together?

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