Was This Trip Really Necessary?
272nd Infantry Regiment
To my regret, I did not keep a diary or some type of
period activity chronology of those glorious training days of WWII - at the
time, not so much fun - but really precious memories now.
So, the dates of this happening have been lost, but, if you were there,
you will recall with chuckling joy.
Maj. Gen. Charles L. Bolte was reigning as Division Commander when
orders were issued the Division would march, maneuver and bivouac fom Camp
Shelby to the Gulfport-Biloxi area, some 65 miles or so distance, a round trip
of 130 miles or so. Not to swim,
frolic and play, but for serious training.
This would later be referred to as the famous (or was it infamous?)
"March to the Sea" by the 69th (Yankee General William Tecumseh
Sherman, please forgive me.) While
these two beach cities are great resort areas today, they were just the scene
of another training exercise then.
Just how much time was spent on this March to the Sea, I don't remember but it took place in the hot July or August months under the broiling Mississippi sun compounding the reason for the 69th being the famous BBBBs!