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Battle of the Bulge remembered

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"Twelve years ago, standing next to the killing field where he once found himself face down in the snow - surrounded by the dead and dying - Ted Paluch said his return wasn't as emotional as it once was, especially having visited three other times.

"His resilience and composure quickly crumbled, though, when asked to honor 84 U.S. Soldiers murdered in nearby Malmedy during World War II.

"As the then 85-year-old from Philadelphia gingerly stepped on the frozen turf - the ground as hard as it was 75 years ago when he served with the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion - Paluch's eyes brimmed with tears.

"Clutching a wreath, and almost whispering to himself, he said: "One of my guys was found here, in this exact spot. I wish he was standing next to me now instead.""

Full article at the Army: https://www.army.mil/article/230953/memories_emotions_from_battle_of_the_bulge_live_on

And at the History channel: https://www.history.com/news/battle-bulge-american-defeat-hitler

Edited by Eldorado
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