|Bazooka Gunner to Address Historical Society|
James Krebs will speak to the Big Walnut Area
Historical Society at 7:30 Tuesday, September 11 about his
experiences in World War II.
The boys went into the service at Ft. Hayes in
Columbus, and ended up in Patton’s 3rd Army in the
Liberation of France. They heard the Germans were pushing into the
country in the north so their infantry unit was trucked 300 miles
north through rain and snow to get to the front. They fought
through the Sigfried Line into Germany where they fought for 42
days in the Battle of the Bulge in the bazooka team. Both brothers
got Silver Stars for their bravery.
James recovered and spent the rest of the time
in the 135th Combat engineers. When the army needed to
move, his unit opened the way for the army. This was not always
easy because the residents were not happy with the army. They
cleared the way for Patton to cross the Rhine.
Krebs worked for WCOL as an engineer then retired after 40 years. He went to work for Channel 6 for the next 10 years then retired again. Krebs took a job with North American Aviation and retired again. He drove a school bus and served as a greeter at Meijer’s for a total of 6 retirements.
Over the years, Krebs has spoken to many school
classes and other groups. “I have my diaries I kept during the
service which remind me of the things I saw and did. I never wanted
to talk about it with my wife, daughter and friends but now I
realize I can help people understand this time in history.”
The historical society and the Rosecrans Command Headquarters are having a Barn Yard and Bake Sale from 9-5 on Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15 in front of the new barn at the Myers Inn Museum. “We are featuring gently used items of clothing, furniture and other items, “noted Sue Comisford, chairman of the yard sale. Members are donating homemade goods for the Bake Sale which will be held on Friday in conjunction with the yard sale. “Our members are good cooks so this will be a real treat,” claimed Alice Chapan, chair of the Bake Sale.
Proceeds from the Yard and Bake sale will benefit the Rosecrans Statue Fund. Any questions should be addressed to Sue, 614-403-4565, or Alice at 740-9651942.
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