The War: The Battle Of The Bulge

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In the eyes of many, war is cruel, aggressive, and ugly. The true definition of this word is, “A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.” (“The American Heritage”). War brings disagreements and hardships for not only the soldiers, but also amongst the families on the home-front. Luckily, times are a little better now than they were in the twentieth century. On December 7, 1941 the attack on Pearl Harbor started what is known as World War II. A family friend, Dennis Simmons, runs a trip for WWII veterans to take a plane to Washington D.C. and see monuments that are dedicated to those that have lost their lives in battle. I had the opportunity to sit down with him and listen to …show more content…
He had difficulty adjusting to Army life. It was exacerbated when his brother was killed at the Battle of the Bulge. He suffered from survivor 's guilt for the rest of his life. Carla 's [Simmons’ wife] Dad had a very tough time throughout his entire life dealing with his feelings of the war. I don 't believe that he ever dealt with his feelings. It lasted his entire life (Simmons, 12.8.2014).
The Battle of the Bulge was one of the largest, bloodiest battles that was fought by American soldiers. Close to 80,000 Americans were brutally killed, maimed, or captured. This raid came by Allied Force surprise. The Germans wanted to recapture harbor that was previously taken from them and in doing so, a number of their tanks and vehicles were worn-out. The expression, “Battle of the Bulge”, was coined by press to describe the terrifying feat faced by the U.S. (“Battle of the Bulge”). Unfortunately, Carl Irwin suffered deeply from a form of PTSD and was unable to gain peace from this traumatic
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Simmons’s trips to D.C., he spoke with a veteran that was a radio man on B-17’s, a bomber plane, and in the 8th Air Force that flew over Europe. The 8th Air Force that this gentleman was a part of regularly bombed industrial plants in Germany. After being shot down, he spent two years in a German Prisoner of War camp. Another veteran, Walter Hughes, was Airborne and jumped during Operation Market Garden. This operation supported the attack on D-Day. The movie, “A Bridge Too Far” was based on Operation Market Garden where the purpose was outmaneuvering German defenses to be able to end the war by Christmas 1944. The Walter Hughes Chapter of the 82nd Airborne was named after him. Hughes was just a young kid during the operation. Mr. Simmons notes, “A truly remarkable person” when speaking of Walter Hughes (Simmons,

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