Wwii Letters, 3rd Infantry Division, France. Won Bronze Star, Wounded 3 Times. For Sale
This isan interesting grouping of 2originalWWII letters,writtenina field hospital in France inlate 1944by a soldier in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. This soldier served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. He received the Bronze Star for valorous action in the 1944 breakout from Anzio to Rome. He was wounded three times. In early 1945 he was recommended for a battlefield commission, but he was wounded for the third time before it could be approved.At Anzio,as a staff sergeant, heled a platoon in combat for several weeks because of a shortage ofsuitable officers. He again led a platoonin combatinlate 1944 and early 1945.
The letters were written by Sergeant Wilbert E. Krieger, a platoon sergeant inK Company,15th Infantry.Both letters were written in France in late 1944. One letter is handwritten, the other is a V-Mail.
There is interesting content. The handwritten letter was written on Thanksgiving Day. Sergeant Krieger was in a field hospital when he wrote it. The content is emotional:
"Well, today is Thanksgiving... This morning I was to church. I have so many things to be thankful for.
We had a swell dinner. We hadplenty of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, dressing, cranberry, rolls, apple pie, and candy.I guess I couldn't ask for a much better dinner over here.
I hope and pray I'll be able to enjoy next Thanksgiving with you... Honey, I hope it isn'ttoo long till I can be home with you again. That will be one of the happiest moments in my life, to be back with you. I'm so very much in love with you darling!"
The second letter is a V-Mail, written on the 3rd of November, 1944. Sergeant Krieger explains in this letter that he had been admitted to the hospital, adding that he didn't mind, because it was a better place to be than at the front:
"I am in the hospital at the present time. Don't worry honey, it's nothing serious... I'll be back out in a few days. This is as good a place as any to be, around here. Things are getting plenty rough at the front!"
There is more, some of it highly emotional.
(Note: Sergeant Krieger was wounded in action three times, but when he wrote these two letters he was hospitalized due to illness, not wounds.)
***Wilbert E. Kriegerarrived in North Africa in February 1943 as a replacement. He actually arrivedin the same reinforcement draft as Audie L. Murphy, and both heand Audie Murphy were initially assigned to B Company, 1stBattalion, 15th Infantry Regiment.Before going overseasKrieger and Murphyserved together in K Company, 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division.
It istherefore highly probable thatWilbert Kriegerand Audie Murphy knew each other.Krieger was reassigned to K Company shortly before the Sicily landings. He remained with K Company for the rest of the war.
Wilbert E. Kriegerwas fromOhio. Hefought in six major campaigns of World War Two in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Kriegerarrived in North Africain February 1943but didn't actually see any combat action in that campaign. He fought inSicily, Italy, France,Germany, and Austria. He was wounded three times, receiving the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valorous action during the 1944 drive from Anzio to Rome.
Wilbert Krieger was wounded three times. He was woundedin theleg on the 7th of November 1943,at the Volturno River inItaly. He was wounded again in February 1944, in the arm, at Anzio. Later he was severely wounded by shrapnel in February 1945, in Germany. Some of the shrapnel could not be removed. After the war Krieger was granted a 50% disability pension.
Interesting original WWII letters, written by a soldier who served throughout the war in the 3rd Infantry Division.
*** Upon request, in addition to the original letter offered in this listing,I will provide the winning buyer with scans of several additional original letters written by Krieger. These scanned letters provide interesting and useful details of Krieger's service in combat and his award of the Bronze Star, his six campaign stars, and his Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
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