Army - Private 1st Class
Ft. McCellan in Aniston AL
Was drafted in early March, 1945. After basic
training at Ft. McCellan in Aniston, AL, I boarded the
USS America for a 4-day journey to Germany as part of
the Army of Occupation. At first, we pulled guard duty
at the train station. This was headquarters company of
the 3rd Division. The war crime trials had just
started and I was selected to be a Security Guard inside
the courtroom. Being of German family decent, I could
understand some of what was being said and this was a
very interesting experience.
The opportunity arose for a transfer to Special Services
to play baseball. We all had our own private
living quarters with the mess hall and cooks.
Practice was held almost every day when a game was not
scheduled. We had our own bus for transportation
to other outfits to play other teams all over.
Most of the time, our mornings were free to do what we
wanted. Met a fellow on our ball club, by the name
of Perkins, who liked to play golf. There was a
golf course nearby that was pretty bombed out, but had a
couple of greens still intact with bomb craters in the
fairways. Perkins was a very good golfer and
excellent instructor and talked me into learning to play
golf. We had golf clubs and balls at the Special
Service building. There was an E.T.O. tournament later
in the summer and Perkins said that we were going to get
in it. We practiced every chance we could.
Perkins made the championship
flight and I qualified for first flight. Having
caddied at home, I had some experience. Perkins
lost in his second match in match play. I played 5
matches and won them all and received a medal for
winning the first flight in the E.T.O. championships.
There were many pro's and top amateurs in the service.
We started playing basketball at the Special Service
Center that fall. We had the likes of John
Mandrich, University of Oregon - All American, the
Illinois wiz-kids Vance and Phillips, and many top
Early that spring, the 3rd Division headquarters were
sent home and I was sent to Muchen and Dachau.
Dachau was the prison camp where several thousand people
(prisoners) were executed. The bodies were gone,
but the blood-stained walls in the buildings were
evident. The gas furnaces remained where prisoners were
tortured and cremated.
Played on the softball team and was written up in the
Stars and Stripes
E.T.O. newspaper. I played center field. The
right and left fielders were put into the infield and I
covered the whole outfield and earned the name of
Plastic Man Anderson.
Several days later during a game, I slid into 3rd base,
my spikes hooked the bag anchor and I tore the tendons
in my right foot. Due to this injury, I was put
out of commission for a long time after my discharge.
Went overseas on the USS America in a 4-day journey and
returned to the United States on a Victory Ship that
took 15 days.
Vanderlyn Smith (HHS Class of 1943)
and resided in
Hartford since 1975.
Force - E3
Airborne Morse Systems
Jun 1969-Aug 1970
Tan Son Nhut
Saigon, South Viet Nam
(now Ho Chi Minh
Apr 1968-May 1969
Jul 1967- Mar 1968
Biloxi AFB, Biloxi MS
Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX
Medals and Awards
Distinguished Flying Cross,
(with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters,
one for each 25 combat
missions flown-102 total)
Outstanding Unit Award
Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
(2 Bronze Stars)
From HHS Class of
Resided in Hartford
1960 to 1966
Raymond D and
Jannette H (Cook) Hollar
served during WW11.
His brother, Dennis Hollar,
served during VietNam.