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Another 5th Infantry Division footsoldier for Patton!

March 11, 2016 joedemadio 3 Comments

Arnold Whittaker, member of the 5th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge talks about his exerpiences during the Battle of the Bulge! Interestingly, Arnold talks about the hard winter conditions he faced during the battle. Just like many other Bulge veterans, it’s always the cold and the hunger that were their biggest enemy!

The following interviews are provided to you by: http://  With these interviews I hope to give you an impression of the experiences the veterans had. How did it feel like to be fighting during the battle of the bulge? How does a man handle these inhumane circumstances? I think we should respect and honor these men for their service and for our freedom.

Arnold Whittaker tells the story that ensued after finding a photo of a U.S. soldier in a small Luxembourg village while heading towards Germany in 1945.


Arnold Whittaker recollects the difficulty, both emotionally and physically, of dealing with fallen soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

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  1. John K. Middaugh
    March 12, 2016 - 9:22 pm

    Joe: Thanks for your service!

  2. Jim Ritthaler
    March 29, 2016 - 9:43 pm

    My dad served with the 2nd Infantry Regiment in the 5th Infantry Division as a medic through France and at the bulge. Have his letters he wrote home during the bulge including at Christmas 1944. He passed away 18 months ago at age 94 and I miss being able to talk to him about his experiences. He was a bronze star and Purple Heart winner.

  3. Dennis Griffin
    April 13, 2019 - 10:59 pm

    I just found this site today. I was just reading the above comment and I’m sure it’s a long shot at best but I suppose it’s possible that Mr. Ritthaler’s father may have one of the medics that attended to, and I guess saved my father’s life. I suppose there’s no way to know but what a coincidence that would be.

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