Cpt. Harry Blanck
U.S. Army, 30th Infantry Division
531st Ant-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Tuesday, November 19th 2002
30th Inf Div, 531st AAA & AW Bn.
Harry Blanck of Rydal Park, who was a captain in the US Army's 30th Infantry Division in Europe, will share his
combat memories and other stories experienced during WWII.
Blanck joined the Citizen Military Training Camp (CMTC) at age 16. After four years of training, he was commissioned
as a reserve officer in the US Army on July 10, 1940. After anti-aircraft and automatic weapons training in California,
he arrived in Liverpool, England in February 1944 with the 30th Inf. Div., which was part of the D-Day Invasion
of Europe. From there, they went on into Germany and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. They captured many German
soldiers and released several hundred civilian Jews from freight cars where they were headed for gas chambers.
Harry will share memories of training in California and battle in Europe with the 30th Infantry Division.