70 years ago on January 16, 1945 my late father Felix A. Cizewski had recovered from frostbite to his hands and feet.
During WWII, while recovering from wounds, injuries, or illnesses, soldiers were removed from their units so replacement could be assigned to fill their place.
After recovery they were not returned to their units and instead reassigned to other units.
After Felix was discharged from an Army hospital in the Paris area he was reassigned to the 3rd Reinforcement Battalion, 16th Reinforcement Depot.
In late January, 1945, the 45th Infantry Division was taken off the front line.
1,000 replacements were assigned to the 45th.
Among them was Felix who on January 29th was transferred from the 3d Replacement Battalion to the 45th Signal Company in bivouac at Petersbach, France.
GIs in the background.
From the collection of Felix A. Cizewski © Leonard H. Cizewski
The 45th Signal Company was responsible for connecting 45th with its Corps and connections between Division Command Post and all of the support units that were part of the division headquarters such as medical, engineers, and quartermaster.
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