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Nicholas  Ross

Nicholas Ross

United States Army
1941
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1946
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On July 18, 1941 Nicholas Ross entered into service at Fort Dix, NJ, then he was sent to Camp Davis, NC where he attended Basic Anti-Aircraft training. Upon completion of basic training, he was transferred and stationed in Hilo, HI with the 96th Coastal Artillery, Battery K. Served in Asiatic Pacific Theater as Chief of Section and Anti-Aircraft gun crewman. He directed activities of 14 men of section in care and use of fire control equipment and weapons. He set up weapons at strategic points to protect personal from air attack, interpreted orders, assigned duties, deployed men and was generally responsible for sections activities. For the next several months he was transferred to various camps and conducted various trainings including new Anti-aircraft outfits. In 1944 he was trained for infantry. In November of 1944he was transferred to Great Britain, arriving in Glasgow, Scotland, took a train to South Hampton, England then traveled to LeHave, France where he was subject to unhealthy living conditions. On November 29, 1944 he traveled to Aachen, Germany where he was used as a replacement for casualty in the 8thinfantry 121st division. December 26, 1944, just outside of Duren, Germany at around 8:00am, German mortar fire hit and killed a soldier with him and wounded his leg severely. The next 2 months were spent in a hospital in Oxford, England then he was shipped back to the US where he continued to be hospitalized at the Newton Baker Hospital in West Virginia. He was hospitalized up until his discharge date of January 29, 1946. In 1956, he married the love of his life, Carol Lee Rich, also from Amsterdam, where they raised their 5 children.