This is the story of Guy Petersen, a Vista del Monte resident, who served as a former Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II.
I served in the U.S. Army Infantry as a Lieutenant Colonel. I was based in Europe during World War II, as well as the Philippines. I was in Company H of the 63rd Infantry Division. I had four years of military science at West Virginia University, and I wanted to serve my country, so I enlisted. I chose the Army due to my university training.
Life in the Army was strenuous, but interesting. We woke up at five in the morning and went all day long. I was with General Patton, so my quarters were pretty good. Once, I was shot through the shoulder of my combat jacket by a sniper in Germany. When I got back to my quarters, I thought I should see if the bullet broke the skin. It didn’t and because of that, I didn’t get a Purple Heart. I did receive a Bronze Star and other medals: Rifle, Pistol, and Mortar.
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