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Robert F. Kaufmann

U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Division
36th Armored Infantry Regiment
European Theater


Tuesday, June 19th
The Third Armored Division in Europe
The Painful Seasoning of an 18-year old American Soldier During the Invasion of Europe in WWII.

On April 6, 1944 Bob Kauffman found himself aboard the S.S. Sea-Train Texas headed for Europe. A few days out of New York Harbor, they were surprised to see that they were surrounded by other ships. They were in formation in the largest convoy yet to begin its journey across the North Atlantic. After riding through a storm, they arrived at Cardiff, Wales, and his unit began training for Normandy and the brutal fighting in France, Belgium and Germany. Bob was a rifleman in the 3rd Rifle Squad, 2nd Platoon of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, of the 3rd Armored Division, U.S. Army. Bob was wounded twice, first on July 10, 1944 on Normandy Beach-head, near St. Lo., France. After rejoining his unit he was wounded again on January 15, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge.


Brooklyn to Cardiff
The Rewards and Perils of Leadership
The Normandy Ward
The Retaking of Grandmenil
The Red and White Path