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Recognizing the military service of men and women from Arenzville, Illinois.


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  Melvin Nobis

Cpl. Melvin Nobis

From the February 1945 issue of Walther League News, Arenzville, IL:

Local Man with Arm'd Division in Germany

Cpl. Glenn W. Reeve, 1107 Monroe St., Beardstown, and Cpl. Melvin W. Nobis of Arenzville, who are with the Third Armored Division of the First Army some where in Germany, were included in a list of Illinois Men who were among the first to breach the Siegfried line and capture a German town, according to a communication from the Headquarters Communication Zone in the European Theatre of Operations.

The communication is as follows:

With the Third Armored Divisions in Germany -- The First Army Headquarters of Lieutenant General Courtney H. Hodges disclosed recently that the Third Armored Division was fighting in Germany after spearheading the drive of United States forces through northern France and Belgium.

In the historic offensive which chased the Nazis back into Germany, General Maurice Rose's tankers raced from the Seine River to breach the Siegfried line in 18 days. They established a number of firsts, being the first to breach the Siegfried line and the first to capture at German town -- Rogen.

Those who participated in the drive included Cpl. Reeve and Cpl. Nobis.


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