soldier praised for performance of duty
Bernard Lippens, Service Co. 381st Inf. APO 96, somewhere in the
Philippines, recently recieved a complimentary letter from the Battalion
and Regimental Commander as follows:
the campaign on ____ island, Philippine Islands, this battalion was
well-supplied at all times and under all types of difficult conditions.
This was due in large measure to your technical skill and your untiring
efforts and application of it to the difficult problem of supplying a
battalion in combat. The efficient functioning of the battalion supply
system was due largely to your devotion to duty and your unhesitating
assumption to the task of overcoming the difficulties entailed by
jungle, swamp and lack of roads.
I extend my personal compliments on the fine manner in which
you handled your work and I know that each member of the Unit joins me
Of those behind the lines, your performance of duty is
representative of the highest military standards. By your consistent
efforts, all problems of supply were so minimized that your unit never
suffered from lack of necessary material.
With a full realization of the severity of supply problems
during the present operations, I feel particularly proud in commending
you upon the excellence of your performance and duty.
Bernard says: "A letter like that makes a person feel as
though his work was not all in vain, and was appreciated, but felt like
it was only work that had to be done and would do everything to see this
all over with so we can all be together again. It is all our part to
participate in this all we can and if everyone will do his share, this
will not last so long".