05 June 2009

After a year of preparation and training, we are ready to deploy. I close out this chapter, and begin a new one with the words of General Dwight D Eisenhower in a letter to the soldiers and sailors as they set out to liberate fortress Europe from Hitler's Germany on June 6th 1944:

"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force. You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.
The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you!.........Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely!.........I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!..........God luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God on this great and noble undertaking."

Dwight D Eisenhower.

My thoughts are with all of you, the true heroes, supporting us back home. Stay tuned for more reports...this time from the front.

Sgt Gary H Underhill
1864th Transportation Company
1st Gun Truck Platoon

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