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Dad was inducted into the Army on June 10, 1944 and arrived in Europe on December 6, 1944. He saw combat for the first time on January 30, 1945 earning his Combat Infantryman Badge. He served in the Rhineland Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign as part of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion.

He returned to the United States on August 13, 1945 and stayed at Fort Sam Houston Texas where he mostly played baseball until his discharge April 30, 1946.

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