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T/5 Richard B. Herklotz

Co. G, 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry Regiment

By Terry D. Janes

 

 

I was recently contacted by the proud son of Richard B. Herklotz, who served in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 318th Regiment, 80th Infantry Division during World War Two.  As I do with all families, I offered to create a tribute to T/5 Herklotz to pay homage to his brave service in the war, but also to remind younger generations that Freedom Is Not Free, and without men like this, none of us would enjoy the lives that we do.  Should anyone remember Richard, or know details of his war service that would help his family better understand what he went through, please contact the webmaster, and I will forward your information on to the family.  From Richard's son, comes the following:

Brief Military History of my father, Richard B. Herklotz

 

Born in Schoenchen, Kansas on October 20, 1914.

 

Inducted into the Army on July 10, 1941 at the Wichita Post Office Building, Wichita, Kansas – 26 1/2 years old.

 

Basic training at Fort Eustis, Virginia in July and August 1941.

 

Fort McClellan, Anderson, Alabama (near Georgia State line) for one month (artillery training).

 

Two years at Fort Niagara Reception Center, Youngstown, NY, beginning October 1941. He met his wife, Marquette (Lena) Scozzafava at a USO dance in Youngstown. They were married in January 1943.

 

Transferred to Fort Mead, Maryland for one year.

 

Transferred to a European theatre of operations staging area – New York City area.

 

Departed for Europe July 1944 aboard the Queen Elizabeth.  Arrived in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Traveled by train through Scotland and England to Sultan Sands, Barnstable.

 

Infantry training in Bristol England for six weeks.

 

Combat – fall  (disembarked at Marseille, France).

 

Joined the Third Army (George Patton’s army), 80th Division, 318th Infantry, G Company, 2nd Battalion.

 

Combat in France, Luxembourg, Ardennes, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge).

 

Awarded the Presidential Citation for heroic action in relieving the 101st Airborne in Bastogne, Belgium in December 1944. His battalion was one of the first to reach the embattled 101st. (see the associated documentation including the Battle Honors Letter of Citation).

 

Wounded in Action at Ettelbruck, Luxembourg on January 23, 1945 (see related letter written by Charles Rigg regarding the night they were wounded).  Transported back to England for treatment and recovery. Awarded the Purple Heart.

 

Furlough in London April 6 through 12, 1945.

 

Back to combat and then occupation in April, 1945 in Central Europe, the Rhineland and Germany (disembarked at LeHarve, France).

 

Transferred to the 75th Infantry, 275th Engineering Battalion in August, 1945 to complete his overseas tour of duty.

           

Furlough in London in October, 1945.

 

Transferred to Marseille, France – staging area for voyage back to the States.

 

Departed for the United States November 3, 1945 aboard the Tusculum Mule victory ship.  Arrived in Hampton Roads, Virginia on November 14, 1945 and then to Fort Patrick Henry for interim processing and lodging.

 

Transferred a few days later to Fort Dix Separation Center, New Jersey for final processing and discharge from the U.S. Army.

 

Departed Fort Dix by train for Niagara Falls, NY – home at last.

 

 

 

 

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