The Battle of the Bulge is one of the most lethal American battles to ever take place. Over 19,000 Americans were killed during this battle. I fortunate to say that my grandpa wasn't.
My grandfather was the only child in his family. For a long time men who were the only male in their family weren't allowed to be drafted for any war. Or at least I that's how it went. Well around the time my grandfather was a young adult and he was able to be drafted. So he spent one month in Germany fighting the battle.
During his one month in Germany his father passed away. Because of his father's death and being the only child my grandfather sent back home. He was deferred from having to go back to war. By the time his deferment was over my grandfather had married, had a child and bought a house. He dreaded going back to Germany.
Lucky for him the war was coming to an end and he did not need to go back and fight. My grandfather was in the clear and was able to live his life and be with his family.
I am so grateful my grandfather is still with us today. My father is most thanks because he had a father to grow up with.
“So he spent one month in Germany fighting the battle.”
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