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Battle of the Bulge Veterans Celebrate 70th Anniversary in Abilene

Tanner Colvin
Salina Journal

Veterans from the Battle of the Bulge reunited at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas reports the Hays Daily News

The group celebrated the 70th anniversary with group photos, a buffet luncheon, and an opportunity for veterans and their families to tour the library complex, watch Battle of the Bulge documentaries, and tour the museum’s featured exhibit, "World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes 1941-1945."

A panel discussion with Battle of the Bulge veterans was the highlighted event. 

The panel included:  Wallace Jeffrey, a flight controller for the 327th Fighter Control Squadron; Marvin Ledy, a radio operator with Headquarter Company, 738th Medium Tank Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Jim Sharp, combat infantryman with "B" Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry; and Julian Siebert, combat infantryman with "F" Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division and a prisoner of war. 

Paul Rogers was a celebrity among the other veterans.  Rogers served in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101 Airborne Division made famous in the book and miniseries, Band of Brothers.

"I was just one of the guys," he said. "I'm no hero. I just got lucky."