Sometimes family history retold by others needs to be backed up by facts. For years we all thought that my Dad's brother Hugo recuperated in California.
Here are the facts from his Honorable Discharge paper.
Inducted April 16, 1942 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was 28 and 2/12 years of age and was a farm laborer, blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion. He was 5 feet 9 inches in height. He completed 2 years and 20 days service.
He was a Rifleman qualifying with the M 1 Rifle
He was in the Sicilian Campaign
Decorations EAME Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal
Wounds received Shrapnel wound in buttocks, left leg and ankle
Hospital Tuscaloosa Alabama dated 2 May 1944
Left U.S. 8 June 43, arrived North African theater 22 June 43; left North African theater 5 July 43; arrived European theater 10 July 43; left European theater August 43; arrived North Africa theater August 43; left North African theater 15 Oct 43; arrived U.S. 24 Oct 43
Honorable discharge button presented at Northington General Hospital Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He spent 193 days in the hospital.
He was part of Company K, 157 Infantry in the United States Army.
My Uncle Hugo was a quiet man, who only spoke when it was necessary ...and when he spoke it was important so you better be listening. He limped especially in the winter. I have many memories of him. He married Aunt Mia and they raised Mia's Grandson together. Hugo had no children of his own but Grandson Joe was like a son to him.
Uncle Hugo 4 Feb 1914 - 25 Oct 1987
Thank you Veterans!