Sgt. George F. Reitmeier

Sgt. George F. Reitmeier

F Company, 264th Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division

George Reitmeier was born on June 3, 1925 in Lackawanna, New York. He attended Technical High School and during his senior year an Army recruiter visited the school and promoted the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) looking for engineers. In June, 1943, George was accepted into the ASTP and attended basic training at Fort Benning and was sent to the University of Missouri to begin classes.

In 1944, when the ASTP was disbanded, George was sent to Ft Rucker to form the 66th Infantry Division and was assigned to F Company, 264th Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division. He arrived in England in November, 1944 and then on to join the fight in December for the Battle of the Bulge. While aboard his troopship, they were struck by a German torpedo while crossing the Channel. A British destroyer pulled alongside them as they were sinking and George leapt onboard. He was then sent to the Ardennes as reinforcements for the badly depleted division where he experienced combat. From there, he was sent to the Lorient sector of Brittany where he remained until the end of the war.

George remained in France assisting with moving troops back stateside until he was moved to Linz, Austria to build a camp for displaced persons. He returned home in May 1946 upon discharge.