Bryce Billetdeaux

Mr. Billetdeaux – 100 Year Old Navy & War Veteran

When Bryce Billetdeaux was born in 1920, Woodrow Wilson was president, and the Nineteenth Amendment that gave women the right to vote was ratified.

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Butler VA Connects with Vets Via their Video Connect

VA Video Connect can be used on almost any computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection, a web camera and a microphone.
VA Video Connection uses encryption to ensure privacy in each session. Virtual care is personalized, safe and effective, and there are no co-payments associated with VVC appointments.
For more information on VVC or to download the app, visit the VA mobile app store.
 
 
By Paula Green
 

MARCHing into the Latest Military News in the ‘Burgh

Soldiers of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division march into Soldiers Field House at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 28, during a welcome home ceremony. The 4th SBCT Soldiers returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Reese Von Rogatsz, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

We have now entered into the third month of 2020, and it is a perfect time to “MARCH” you through the latest military news in Pittsburgh

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The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge 

This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the warand will,  

I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.” 

 Winston Churchill 

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew the Allied Forces had their backs against the wall when he uttered these famous words during World War II. The Allied Powers were led by Great Britain, the United States, France and the Soviet Union. They were battling against the three principal partners in the Axis alliance – Germany, Italy and Japan. 

         After the Allies successful D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, it seemed that World War II was nearing an end. However, the Nazi leader, Adolph Hitler had other plans since he wasn’t ready to surrender. On December 16, 1944, the Germany army launched a counteroffensive. It was Hitler’s desperate attempt to salvage victory on the deteriorating western front. The Allies were unprepared for the attack, the German offensive made considerable progress, creating a large bulge in the allied line.  

        The battle is sometimes referred to as the “Ardennes Counteroffensive” because it was held in the 75-mile stretch of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Winter was fast-approaching, so the soldiers endured hazardous weather conditions of freezing rain, thick fog and snowThe record-breaking low temperatures brutalized the American troops. More than 15,000 cold injuries – trench foot, pneumonia and frostbite were reported. It wasn’t until Christmas day that the weather conditions finally cleared, allowing Allied air forces to strike. 

       The Allies continued to rage their battle against the 30 divisions of Germans, which encompassed nearly 250,000 troops. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme Allied commander, and Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. led the American defense to restore the front. Through January, American troops waded through deep snowdrifts and attacked both sides of the shrinking bulge. They fought a bloody battle until they had restored the front and set the stage for the final victory drive. 

       In all, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, 1 million-plus Allied troops, including some 500,000 Americans, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. There were approximately 19,000 soldiers killed in action, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 plus MIA (missing in action). About 100,000 Germans were killed, wounded or captured. 

       Claiming victory over the battle on January 25, 1945, the Allies headed for Berlin. The courage and the fortitude of the American soldiers were tested against great adversity. Their valor brought the victory of freedom over tyranny.  Seventy-five years we honor them for bravery. 

By Paula Green 

 

 

Sources: https://wwiibattleofthebulgewwii.weebly.com/summary.htmlhttps://www.army.mil/botb/, 

https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-the-Bulge, history.com/topics/world-warII/battle-of-the-bulge, www.reference.com/history-did-battle-bulge-happen. 

Sister Melanie Kambic, CDP

Sister of Divine Providence to receive military honor 

By Paula Green 

         According to the National World War II Museum, nearly 350,000 American women served in uniform, both at home and abroad, during World War II.  For these women, it was a significant opportunity to help the war effort and make a difference.  A local woman took part in this chapter of U.S. history.  Sister Melanie Kambic, CDP, 98, served in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII.  In recognition of her military service, she will be honored during a special ceremony held on Veterans Day.   [Read more…]