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Little mention is made anywhere of the actual work of the men who operated the heavy equipment for long hours, sometimes within artillery or mortar range of the enemy, or of those who moved that equipment over long miles' of bad roads in good and bad weather, with C Rations often their only food for days. On occasion, true, these men found a "home" along the way, finding pleasure and entertainment as well as rest and comfort, but not always.
No idea is given of the hours spent by clerks, handling routine matters and emergency reports, in cold (or hot) tents, or in buildings, as chance would have it. Nor of the draftsmen who made charts, preliminary drawings, drawings of changes, final drawings.
Nor yet of the drivers who, with or without patience, carted officers from airfield to airfield, or from site to unsafe site in search of information, or back to Paris over ice and snow to chase supplies or attend a school. Of the cooks who fed their company three meals a day for 27 months, on the move or in permanent stations. Of the thousands of hours spent encoding, decoding, transmitting and receiving signal mes sages, or of the thousands of calls placed to Paris, "Roadbed", "Rowdy" or "Research."
And yet, it takes all of that to add up to the total mission accomplished.
Karl Ulrich & Co.
United States Army, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, 926th Engineer Aviation Regiment
United States Army, "926 Engineer Aviation Regiment: September 6, 1945" (1945). World War Regimental Histories. 91.
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