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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
1924 1
Ohio 1
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Person:
Lowell N Menchhofer 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1924 1
Ohio 1
Residence:
Place: Mercer County, Ohio 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
29 Mar 1943 1
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35635185 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Thomas Newport Kentucky 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Unskilled general woodworking occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0969 1
Film Reel Number: 5.31 1

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Lowell Menchhofer, 75th Infantry Division

Lowell was born in Mercer County, Ohio in 1924 and was drafted into the army on March 29th, 1943. He reported to Fort Thomas, Kentucky for induction, and went to Camp Blanding, Florida for training in meteorology. He was sent to England by ship and landed in Liverpool in late 1944. He drove a Jeep across England to the east coast where he shipped over to France in December and ended up in the Battle of the Bulge. He clearly remembers hearing “battle noises” in the distance on Christmas Eve, 1944. Lowell said he got there after the peak of the fighting when Patton's army was chasing the Germans back to Germany. “We were an infantry outfit and couldn't keep up with Patton, who I guess was trying to get his name in the papers.” He spent the next few months driving his Jeep, delivering supplies and ammunition while helping to evacuate wounded to the rear areas. He said the Jeep was very versatile considering it “was not much bigger than a baby carriage.” He recalls one time when a German tank opened fire on him and he jumped from his Jeep into a side ditch where he found a medic tending to a soldier with a wound to his back. Lowell stated he could hear the German 88 shells flying overhead, but they never hit his Jeep even though they shot 8 to 10 times. Once the tank had stopped firing (presumably it was out of ammo), he and the medic loaded the soldier onto the Jeep and got out of there. Lowell says he was shot at numerous times but “I didn't get scratched.” For his actions during the battle, he was awarded a Bronze Star. Lowell said he resented the medal, and felt it was undeserved. In the spring of 1945, he was sent to a redeployment center located about 90 miles east of Paris where GIs were being transferred back to the States. Lowell had a daughter at home and was able to get “ahead of a lot of guys that probably should have gone home before me.” He returned to the US in December and was released from military service. 

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