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#1 LRusso216

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 12:49 AM

My father was in on the invasion of Salerno in September, 1943. I came across this contemporary article on the situation facing the 5th Army. I remember my father telling me about being pinned on th ebeach, so this article kind of hit home.


For the men who fought the battles, Salerno was hell. At some points the Germans let the first forces come smoothly ashore and cluster on the white beaches, then blanketed them with artillery fire from the near hills. At others, naval landing craft bore the troops landward in the face of continuous fire. Everywhere the men of the Fifth Army had to establish themselves on the beaches, make their first moves inland amid shells, bombs, confusion, fear.


Read more: World Battlefronts: The Shape of Hell - TIME


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Posted 05 September 2010 - 05:46 PM

I know we spoke before, my uncle was with the 36th ID, 141st Regiment from 1940 until KIA on 12/12/1944, in France. I can't remember with whom your father served. Thanks for the link, Salerno was touch and go for a while.

The Italian campaign was brutal and in some cases forgotten. Heck they fought this campaign until the last days of April, 1945.

Did your father ever mention his time under Mark Clark ??

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:07 PM

My Granddad was at there too and was taken as a POW by the GI´s. But he managed to escape. Later he told me: "If i had knew what sh§§ was coming after that, i didn´t manage to escape!"

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#4 LRusso216

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:48 PM

My father was in a number of units, all with the 5th. He started out in the 505th Coast Artillery. I believe he went into Salerno with that group or the 900th AAA/AWB. Later, in January 1945, he became part of the 473rd Infantry Regiment attached to the 92nd Division. That was the group he most identified with.

I don't believe he ever really talked about Clark, other than to mention that he was the commanding general of the 5th.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 07:24 PM

I am working on a documentary about Salerno.
If any of you have any info or relatives that served there, pls contact me.
I can use all the help I can get....
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:24 AM

I just received some after action reports explaining what the Navy guys went through at Uncle Green Beach at Salerno unloading British light infantry from an LCT. A shell burst above the tank bay of my brothers LCT killing a British Major, injuring many others including some of the crew. Shrapnel went through the block of one of the engines and put 81 holes in the landing craft. That was at 6:15AM and my brother said the Seabees had them patched up by 4:00PM and ready to haul 105 Howzers back to the beach.

Steve is right, when you say "invasion" everybody thinks about Normandy (for good reason)--but so many never heard about N. Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Southern France. The guys that went through these can sure remember.

Thanks for the link Lou, I copied the article and will bring it to my brother tomorrow.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:04 PM

Steve is right, when you say "invasion" everybody thinks about Normandy (for good reason)--but so many never heard about N. Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Southern France. The guys that went through these can sure remember.

All during my years of growing up, I was always a bit jealous and even angry at the attention given to Normandy. It felt to me that my father's service was slighted and seen as unimportant. Listening to him and his fellow soldiers in his company made me very aware of what they went through. Their reunions started as away of remembering one of their friends who was KIA.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:46 AM

hi guys, my uncles ship was involved in almost all royal navy landing, he was with her from her first but he missed out on the last one Rangoon but that was no problem the enemy had done a runner, his ship was the HMS PRINS ALBERT LCI (small) i have a small family website covering

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