Regimental Headquarters 272nd Inf Rgt
the Regiment moved across the Siegfried Line, George H. Welles, who had
returned to the Regimental Headquarters as S-4 (Supply Officer) from an
accident, and I were being driven down a road following the troops.
Suddenly, George withdrew his Government Issued (G. I.) 45 caliber
pistol from its holster and began firing away at trees along the roadside!
this sudden firing, I asked George if he saw some Germans? "Nawh he said
in his Texas drawl. I think this might be the only chance to fire our pistols.
I certainly don't want to return home and tell my wife I didn't even
get to fire my gun!"
I thought twice and decided not to follow suit. I'd take my chances to fire it later and not be faced with a cleaning requirement now!