River Crossing

Photographer: Spc. Markus Rauchenberger

Original Caption: U.S. Army M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles as well as various trucks and vehicles of Delta Company “Dark Knights,“ 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, conduct combined assault river crossing operations at the river Elbe with German Army M3 amphibious bridging vehicles during exercise Heidesturm Shock near Storkau, Germany, June 6, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)

You know those Germans are the best soldiers I ever saw. They’re smart and they don’t know what the word ‘fear’ means. They come in and they keep coming until they get their job done or you kill them… If they had as many people as we have they could come right through us any time they made up their minds to do it.
—  Battalion Commander, 116th Infantry Regiment, on the paratroopers of the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division in Normandy

Three Canadian soldiers of the Canadian Army’s 3rd Infantry Division stand at the altar of the heavily damaged Roman Catholic church of Saint-Martin de la Trinité following the success of Operation Windsor, where Canadian forces took the village of Carpiquet from the occupying 12th SS-Panzer Division Hitler Jugend of Panzergruppe West. Carpiquet, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. 12 July 1944. Image taken by Ken Bell.


Eric’s service quilts

For some reason, we’ve gotten into this ‘thing’ where I make quilts based off my husband’s army service patches.  

Top is the 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart, GA.  We were stationed there for 2 years, and Eric was deployed once to Iraq.  It’s a simple log cabin pattern, which was easy to configure as the 3 ID patch.

Next is the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, KY.  This was our first duty assignment as a married couple.  We were there during 9/11, and he deployed to Iraq from there during the invasion.  This one was challenging, to the say the least.  The eagle in the center is paper pieced.  The 4 corners should have the 4 card suites that were popular with the 101st during WW2.  But Eric preferred the symbols that were being used during his time there - the club, the heart and the Torii.

He was in the reserves when I met him, assigned to the 95th Training Division (The Iron Men of Metz).  I wanted the 95th symbol to be on a traditional 9 patch background.

The bottom set is from his time at the Presidio as a member of the 6th Army.

An M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from the 1st Battalion, 15th Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division fires simulated rounds during National Training Center iteration 12-05 at Fort Irwin, Calif., March 12, 2012. The exercise included both live-fire and simulated rounds to prepare deployment.