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A 4F Goes To War

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A 4F Goes to War With the 100th Infantry Division
  • by John C. Angier III
    • Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series
      • Fourth Edition December 2005
        • 106 6×9-inch pages
        • 20 photos
        • 3 illustrations
        • 2 maps
        • 6 documents
  • John Angier died in March 2005
Join Sgt. Angier (who heard from his draft board, after he had enlisted and was overseas, that they had classified him 4F, hence the title of this book) and his men in the Vosges Mountains of France, as they advance towards Alsace in the face of bitter and determined German resistance.
 
Finally, they take Bitche, stronghold on the famous Maginot Line, and enter Germany itself.
 
Alive with drama, told with understanding and a keen sense of humor, and in the down-to-earth language of the soldier.
 
The main text of this monograph, Chapters I through VII, originally appeared in book form under the title MOS 1542: A Dramatic True Story of Combat in World War Two, published in 1959 by Greenwich Book Publishers, New York—long out of print and quite scarce. That edition had no photographs or illustrative material. Later, it was reprinted in serialized form in the Mustang News, publication of the National Order of Battlefield Commissions.
 
MOS 1542: The "MOS" stands for "Military Occupational Specialty" and 1542 referred to a Rifle Platoon Leader.
 
Contents
  • Dedication
  • The Rifleman by General Omar Bradley
  • Route of 399th Infantry Regiment in ETO (map)
  • Making Men from Boys
  • Trip Across
  • Hit the Line
  • Wiped Out
  • Bitche
  • Heilbronn
  • Surrender
  • Aftermath
  • Appendices
    • The Author
    • Documents
    The Author
     
    John C. Angier III was born in 1922. After attempting to enlist in the Navy, who turned him down due to his being color blind and short-sighted, he enlisted in the Army in October 1942 and entered the service on 19 November 1942 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
     
    While serving overseas he received word from his Draft Board that he had been classified as "4F" due to his being color blind and short-sighted, as well as having flat feet and a spur-like growth under both feet.
     
    He served with the original 501st Parachute Battalion, trained with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and spent the rest of his active duty with the 100th Infantry Division.
     
    John was promoted from Private to PFC on 19 January 1943, to Corporal on 20 March 1943, to Sergeant on 26 April 1943, to Staff Sergeant on 7 September 1943, to Technical Sergeant on 2 February 1944, and received a Battlefield Commission to Second Lieutenant on 2 May 1945 at Bad Constadt, Germany.
     
    Separated from the service at Fort Meade, Maryland, on 28 March 1946.
     
    Promoted to First Lieutenant in the North Carolina National Guard on 11 February 1949 and in the National Guard on 23 March 1949.
     
    Honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant, Infantry, National Guard, on 11 September 1951.
     
    He served twelve and a half years in the North Carolina National Guard and the Virginia State Guard.
     
    Retired as a Major in 1958.
     
    During his tenure in the service he received thirteen decorations including the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with Cluster, Good Conduct, Victory Medal, Occupation Germany Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, American Defense Medal and National Security Medal. He fought in three campaigns: Southern France, Alsace, and Germany.
     
    John is widowed and currently living in St. Augustine, Florida, where he is a member of American Legion Post #37 and a life member of VFW Post #2391.
     
    He is serving his fifth term as National Adjutant for the National Order of Battlefield Commissions.
     
    John has three children: John, Charlotte and Charles.

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