|Sergeant Raymond Mohrlang and the men of G Company in England, 1944
Walditch Bridport November 1943-May 1944
|This is a wonderful story, Chris Pamplin made contact with Gary Mohrlang through e-bay, He was buying a USAAF patch for his personal collection. Gary noticed Chris lived at Bridport in England and wrote to Chris to tell him his father was stationed at Bridport awaiting embarkation to the D-Day landing beaches 60 years ago. These pictures were taken in England, before he joined his comrades in the big push across the Channel. Chris told Gary that Bridport Museum are holding an exhibition of official photographs, taken locally, of GI's in the war getting to know us Limeys. These photographs are Sergeant Reymond Mohrlangs personal memory of his comrades in arms, his band of brothers.The photos speak for themselves, a company of young men who have already been tested by battle, wait for the big push into Europe. They know what lies before them and they will show incredible bravery against all the odds. Here I let Gary take over the story of how his father, one of many soldiers, came to our aid 60 years ago.
Gary writes "Until my dad's dying day, I don't believe I ever heard him refer to the English as English, British, Brits or any other name you all may go by. It was always "Those Limeys" or "That Limey," but always with true admiration in his voice. He would tell us as children "When I was over there, those Limeys would have their bagpipers play right up front into battle!" "Can you imagine how brave those Limey were!" or "Those Limeys knew how to do it right!" or "The Limeys have the right idea," etc..etc.. We always knew to whom he was referring.
The photo shows my father Sergeant Raymond Mohrlang in England, May 1944, right before the Cross-Channel Attack.
He served in Capt. Joseph Dawson's Company G, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. They were credited with being the first onto the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach on June 6th, which he never talked about. I learned about this through reading about the invasion and talking with some of his buddies. I am very proud of my father's war service.
His decorations and awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, EAME Campaign Medal with 6 Campaign Stars and Arrowhead Device (for Invasion Assaults on N. Africa, Sicily and Normandy), W.W.II Victory Medal and the French Foureguerre.
He was serving with Co. G as a Staff Sergeant/Platoon Guide, when on Nov. 20, 1944, he was severely wounded in the Huertgen Forest Battle, shortly after crossing the Siegfried Line in Germany. He was evacuated through England back to America and spent the next 4 years at Fitzsimmons Gen. Hospital in Denver, CO. His wounds caught up with him and he passed away on Feb. 28, 1986. He is missed!"
Thank you very much for sharing your Father's story and photographs with us Gary.