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Germany’s Hurtgen Forest saw some of the most brutal fighting of World War II.  In fact, for the U.S., it still stands as the longest running battle in history, spanning from September 1944 to February 1945.  U.S. First Army casualties topped 33,000. Tom Franks, from Wawaka, Indiana, fought in Northern Europe with Company I, 121st [...]

William “Tom” Franks from Wawaka, Indiana fought in World War II with the 121st Infantry, 8th Infantry Division.   He would earn two Purple Hearts in Northern Europe–shot through the neck in Normandy and later shot in the leg in the Huertgen Forest.  Remarkably, he would survive both wounds. This April 1944 note home is [...]

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