December 31, 2006 -
The soldiers of the 106th (Golden Lions) Infantry Division took it in the shorts during the Battle of the Bulge. A brand-new division, it had entered the lines for the first time 5 days before the Germans attacked.
They were virtually obliterated. But they went down fighting, every bit as hard as Prentiss went down at the Hornet's Nest at Shiloh. Like Prentiss, eventually surrendering, but buying the time Eisenhower and Montgomery needed, just as Prentiss bought Grant and Sherman needed to rally the Union Army and finally beat the Southern troops back.
Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein noted their courage:
Staff Sergeant George Brown was a Golden Lion, and like lions they fought.
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James D. West