This book is about the travels of a duffel bag and my father, a medical technician. He carried the bag from the time issued in Ft Thomas Kentucky, throughout World War II and their return home in 1945. It’s also a story about the journey the men of the 662nd Medical Clearing Company. They cared for the wounded of the US 1st and 3rd Armies including the 81st and 101st Airborne Divisions as they battled the Germans from the sands of Normandy and across Europe.
They supported battles such as Cobra and Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. They followed Patton’s 3rd Army across Europe while getting involved in some unique experiences as they cared for the wounded and survived the War. The story told by those who lived it and especially the caretaker of the Duffel Bag and his loving wife, as they told it to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren during the summer of 2006. Other sources include interviews with the men of the 662nd and the prepared itinerary of the 662nd Medical Clearing Company.
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