Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas 65 years ago

In 1944 US. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe wrote his famous one word response to the German demand that he surrender. He said, "Nuts." The US went on to win the Battle of the Bulge, as it came to be called.

John T. Prior, MD was there, and his memoir "The Night Before Christmas - Bastogne 1944" is one of the more popular postings on this blog.

Dr. Jack Prior, who was the Chair of Pathology at Community for many years, gave me permission to post his memoir.

He was also a brave man. I didn't learn how brave until I read his obituary in November 2007 and learned that he received the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Crois de Guerre, and medals from the cities of Bastogne and Metz.

The Battle of Bastogne took place 65 years ago. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you read Jack Prior's reminiscence about it here.

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