Here is an old autograph book that my dad had when he was in Germany during World War II. It appears that his sister Em and her husband Norval gave it to him for Christmas in 1945. The handwriting inside the front and back covers is not my dad’s handwriting and I assume that my Aunt Em wrote those lines.
Inside the front and back covers of the autograph book:
Christmas ’45 in Germany
P.f.C. Herbert Miller (35845400) 84th Inf. Div.
My “Soldier Buddies”
From Em & Norval
My dad, Herbert Miller, volunteered for the daft after high school and was drafted in May 1944. After basic training he became a member of Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, known as the Railsplitters. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and he fought in Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Holland. He was proud of his service to his country and to have been a member of the Railsplitters.
After the war ended he was placed on Occupation Duty and was assigned to the Postal Section, Division Headquarters, where he was appointed money order clerk at the military post office in Heidelberg, and then on to the 172 APU 7th Army Headquarters. He would have had this autograph book during the time he worked at the military post office.
Written inside the book:
PFC Norbert A Kosirog
Hq. 84 Infantry Div. Postal Section
88 France Distributing Sect. APO 64
1507 North Ashland Ave., Chicago, Illinois
B-335- Cpl. Gerald D. Ritter- 39054028
Hq. 84th Infantry Div Post. Sect.
4976 Keade Rd
To my very good friend Herb,
Frank G. Schwab
Hqs. 84th Div
Frank Schwab married Jean Betzel and my dad and mom corresponded with Frank and Jean throughout their lives.
Raymond G. Schwartz
211-3rd Ave. NW
Mandan, N. Dak.
Jerryland is a hell of a place for any American to be in with the war over. Being with guys like you at the last makes it easier. Aloha
768 Hendrix St
Till we meet again
2007 Uluttier [?] Ave
Best of luck Miller
211 Forrest Ave
One of the guys you got fooled with
A buddie that is hard to beat.
The last page in the book has a list of names of men from Co. L, 333rd, 84th Infantry Division, who my dad probably served with:
S/Sgt. Lawrence Broderick, Boston, Mass
PFC Richard Timmons, Wabash, Ind
PFC Walter M. Treflin, South Bend, Ind
PFC Herbert M. Miller, Willshire, OH
PFC Thomas Trowbridge, KY
PFC Harold Curtiss, Mich
PFC John Proctor, Ariz
PFC John P. Groves, Boston, Mass
Sgt. Carrol D. Ketzenberger, Ohio
S/Sgt. Wayne Spencer
Occasionally people will ask me about the men my dad served with and perhaps one of these names will be familiar to someone.