Testimonies from the Midwest

 

Captain Doyle D. Ream, 868 Field Artillery Bn., 65th Division

 Division patch                      Captain Doyle D. Ream                   Division patch

 

Doyle D. Ream was born on December 4, 1921, at Burkemere in Faulk County of South Dakota. Raised as an Episcopalian, Doyle was a banker before entering the service in July of 1942.

Service Record: Doyle entered the service and completed basic and infantry training at Camp Forest in Tennessee; he then completed OCS at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was with field artillery and his original cadre was the 65th Division. Throughout the war, Ream was a battery executive whose duty was direct charge of 4 105 MM Howitzers and approximately 75 men.

Camp Encounter: (told in his own words) We came to Ohrdruf and saw the warehouse full of bodies--a few survivors that looked almost as bad off as the dead. The barracks -- no heat. Later we were told that they made the townspeople come and dig graves for the dead. A memory that I will never forget besides the sight was the odor.

Awards: I received the Bronze Star, the European Campaign Ribbon (2 Stars) and the Occupation Ribbon.

 

After the War: I was discharged in December of 1954 because I

stayed in the reserves after I was released from active duty and went

back to banking from which I retired. I had no college education. I

married and had one daughter and now have four grandchildren.

 

Advice from a WW II Veteran to Today's Youth:

It was an experience. I saw so much misery, many deaths, and much destruction. It's hard to describe.

General Dwight Eisenhower and a party of high ranking U.S. Army officers, including Generals Bradley, Patton, and Eddy, view the charred remains of prisoners during an inspection tour of Ohrdruf

General Dwight Eisenhower and a party of high ranking U.S. Army officers, including Generals Bradley, Patton, and Eddy, view the charred remains of prisoners during an inspection tour of Ohrdruf; photo courtesy of USHMM

On April 4, 1945, American soldiers entering Ohrdruf found mass graves containing thousands of corpses

On April 4, 1945, American soldiers entering Ohrdruf found mass graves containing thousands of corpses; photo courtesy  Wide World Photo / United States Holocaust Memorial  Museum Photo Archive

http://www.grunts.net/army/65thid.html