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70 years later, Veterans share their stories from the Battle of the Bulge

  Early on the misty winter morning of 16 December 1944, over 200,000 German troops and nearly 1,000 tanks launched Adolf Hitler’s last bid to reverse the ebb in his fortunes that had begun when Allied troops landed in France …

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“We attacked the woods. Thank God, we are still alive.” – The Battle of the Bulge, 70 years later

It’s been ten years since my grandfather passed away. A career Army officer, he served in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. It was only after both he and my grandmother died that I began to dig through the old photos, the faded newspaper clippings and award citations that the full scope of his service developed.

Lt. Joseph Brigandi of Co. L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division.
Lt. Joseph Brigandi of Co. L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division. My grandfather, then Lt. Joseph Brigandi from Syracuse, New York, served with Co. L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division. Seventy years ago, in December and January 1944, he was one of thousands of soldiers engaged in battle in the Ardennes forest in the Battle of the Bulge.

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