Joe Crilley

Opheusden Bridge

Click for larger image.Click for larger image.The Opheusden Bridge that my father crossed on October 5, 1944.Today it is named after Major Oliver M. Horton who was killed that morning by German mortar fire just west of this bridge. In January 2003, I discovered a letter written by my father describing his wounding and rescue that day. In the letter he never mentions the bridge so I assumed he must have been wounded east of the village. But as it turned out it was just a minor detail that he forgot. Later I would talk to a member of my father's platoon, William Shorter of nearby Petersburg,NY and he also did not remember crossing this bridge.

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