Ernest L. Carlson was born on December 31, 1919, at Beresford, South
Dakota. Ernest grew up on a farm in the Beresford area; he entered
the service in July of 1942. The following is his story, told in his
Service Record: I started my military training at Camp Swift, Texas. I
trained in various camps in the USA before departing from Boston to
South Hampton, England. Landed
on Omaha Beachhead in September of 1944; the water amd beachhead
were littered with military equipment destroyed on D-Day. I was a
squad leader of an anti-tank team and was fortunate not to be in the
foxhole shared by three squad members, who became casualties from
German 88 artillery.
Camp Encounter: As we got closer to Hamm and Dortmund there were homeless and
hungry people everywhere and no place to go. Russian and Polish war
prisoners were so hungry and worn out clothes. We tried to help them
with food. The horrors of war you remember all your life.
Awards: Our division was awarded Battle Stars for Northern France,
Rhineland, Ardennes, Alsace, and Central Europe.