May 25, 2018

My father was fortunate to have survived World War II, but sadly, many of his friends in the 104th Division did not.  JOURNALS OF WAR recounts many incidents of soldiers who were killed, one of which seems particularly poignant for Memorial Day:

One horrible note—my dea...

May 7, 2018

On October 9, 1943, one of my father’s entries in his journal reports: “We have a new Division Comdr, General Terry Allen, who recently fought in Sicily.”  General Terry Allen was a well respected and admired commander of the 104th Infantry during World War II.  Indeed...

March 23, 2018

It is hard for us to imagine the importance of mail to the soldiers of World War II.  Today, we can communicate almost instantaneously by email, text, smartphone, and other technological methods.  In fact, many people are so dependent on their communication devices; th...

February 6, 2018

The 104th Infantry Division, also known as the Timberwolves, was activated at Camp Adair, Oregon, in 1942 and deactivated at San Luis Obispo, California, in 1945.  The Timberwolves were part of the European Theater of Operations.  They traversed Germany, France, Hollan...

January 11, 2018

When the military comes to mind, the word “court-martial” is not something we like to think about.  Yet, in World War II, “some 2 million people were court-martialed for varying offenses, resulting in 80,000 felony convictions.”  On occasion, as a regimental personnel...

December 1, 2017

Once again, another Veterans Day has passed.  Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, which is when the fighting stopped at the end of World War I.  Today’s generation may not know that World War I ended at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th...

October 21, 2017

The following is an excerpt from Journals of War, which describes some of the observations of

Captain E. J. McCully during World War II:

I was in a particularly reflective mood tonight on the drive back
from Lichtenbusch . . . I passed through the Siegfried Line with ga...

September 25, 2017

During WWII, my father, Captain E. J. McCully, served as a Regimental Personnel Officer. Here is an entry, dated 8 Dec 1944, from one of his journals: 

One of the depressing aftereffects of processing these Battle Casualty Reports is beginning to make itself evident; ma...

August 14, 2017

On April 11, 1945, the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) liberated the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp.  The Timberwolves were later recognized as liberators by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the US Army's Center of Military History.  Upon visit...

July 15, 2017

Diaries and journals are notoriously difficult to read because they include unpredictable day-to-day entries. To make Journals of War easier to navigate, the Table of Contents summarizes each section.  These bulleted summaries appear before each section in the book as...

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