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February 1, 1942

Orders came for the entire Anti-tank Battalion to move off. Just as soon as we were ready, counter orders arrived. The Tank Company was to stay. We learned that the destination this time was the front lines. We envied the other companies greatly. We felt sore and indignant at being left behind. A few minutes later, another order came that six of us were going to be allowed to join Company “A”. I was among the lucky six. We, the fortunate ones, immediately wrote brief letters to our folks and left them with a fisherman for delivery when possible — if we failed to return.