What would a brash, determined old horse soldier do when he was told he couldn’t accomplish a seemingly impossible mission?? If that trooper was General George S. Patton, Jr., he’d call on his best units to get the job done. When his impossible task was to relieve the 101st Airborne at Bastogne, Patton called on the 4th Armored Division, Bob Eamello’s division, to help get the job done.
Bob Eamello grew up in the Great Depression. He, like so many in his generation, already knew deprivation and personal sacrifice. As a boy, he recalled, he would climb cherry trees and apple trees to find food and a meal of rabbit, squirrel and even an occasional blackbird was welcomed fare. Maybe the hardships of youth prepared him for what was ahead.
Preparations ended for Bob Eamello shortly after the D-Day landings on the Normandy beaches. The following month he and his comrades blazed a mechanized trail across Europe that ultimately brought him face to face with George Patton, himself. Along the way Bob ran headlong into fighting against some of the fiercest fighters of the war, the famed and feared Panzer Armies. When he recalled his meetings with Patton, Bob recalled that the only words any soldier needed, when addressing the general, was “Yes Sir!” Bob and his brothers in arms marched with Patton to Bastogne, relieving the beleaguered 101st Airborne and helping to secure the Allied victory in the Battle of The Bulge.
The March to victory for Bob Eamello and the 4th Armored Division was never easy. They helped liberate the Buchenwald death camp; looking into the faces of those who suffered at the hands of absolute evil. They endured the bitter winter of 1944-1945 and they felt the loss of all who perished in freedom’s name. Recalling the last day of the war, Bob said it was the day the men of the 4th Armored Division met their Russian and Czech allies. “The captain yelled “quit fighting.” It was over. Speaking with a voice that still reverberates with profound relief, Bob said: “It was the best day of the war.”
Bob Eamello’s story is his own. Each serviceman and every servicewoman has a story that is shared with others but is still personal and unique. In their own personal stories, they all said “Yes Sir” just as Bob did when he stood toe to toe with General George S. Patton, Jr.
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