PETER DAHLBERG (ARMY)

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Raised on a farm I never envisioned life in the military. World War II changed everything dramatically. Turning 18, I was called to serve. My earnest prayer before being sworn in: "God, let me see what war is like, but please...let me come home alive." Little did I know what lay ahead.
     Infantry basic training in extreme heat... on to the Battle of the Bulge in coldest winter of a century. Fox-holes became housing. ..breaking through the Siegfried Line...walking miles through the heart of Germany...crossing the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen.
     Again and again my life was miraculously spared. A bullet glanced off my steel helmet. Minutes later a mortar shell exploded knocking me to the ground, killing my squad leader. My rifle was crushed by a tank. One foxhole suffered a direct hit soon after leaving...running through machine-gun fire and exploding shells.
     I definitely learned to pray and found direction for life. It was a privilege to serve as a VA Chaplain for thirty years. I truly owe my life to the Lord and will always be grateful He heard my prayers. Yes, military service certainly changed my life.



On March 12, 2011, the hard-fought Battle of the Bulge was the focus, as Allied forces attempted to push back the survival-desperate Third Reich. The 78th Infantry Division's Peter Dahlberg of Rapid City talked about his US Army combat experiences during a bitterly cold winter.  Dahlberg later served as chaplain for 30 years at the Veterans Hospital in Hot Springs.  Photo by Duke Doering.

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