THE MARCH AGAINST HITLER

JUNE 6, 1944

TOM SERRA - PART OF ONSLAUGHT THAT FOLLOWED D-DAY

TOM SERRA, FROM FRONTENAC, KANSAS AND HIS UNIT, THE 18TH CAVALRY RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON WAS ACTIVATED JULY 8, 1943 AT FORT LEWIS, WASHINGTON.

DEPARTING FROM NEW YORK ON THE QUEEN ELIZABETH AND DOCKING IN DORSET, ENGLAND, THEN ON TO LAND AT NORMANDY BEACH AND THEN MOVED ON TO BELGIUM.

MR. SERRA WAS A TANK DRIVER AND IN DOWN TIME, WAS A BARBER. BEFORE THE ALLIES COULD CROSS THE RHINE RIVER, THEY HAD TO FACE A LAST STAND GERMAN ONSLAUGHT IN DECEMBER 1944 IN THE ARDENNES FOREST. BECAUSE OF THE BULGING SHAPE OF THE BATTLE AREA ON THE MAP, THIS BECAME KNOWN AS THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

WHEN CONDITIONS WERE SAFE, TOM SERRA WOULD CUT HAIR FOR HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. HIS CHARGE: 25 CENTS.

TOM JOKINGLY STATES THAT THERE ARE SOME THAT STILL OWE HIM. HE RECALLS CUTTING A RUSSIAN PRISONERíS HAIR FOR FREE AND AFTER HE DID THAT FOR HIM, THE RUSSIAN PRISONER STOLE HIS CLIPPERS.

FRONTENAC AMERICAN LEGION POST 43 IS VERY PROUD OF MR. TOM SERRA AND HIS DEDICATION TO HIS FAMILY, HIS COUNTRY, HIS CITY OF FRONTENAC AND POST 43.

Unfolding a Nazi flag, Tommy Serra
of Frontenac, remembers his part
in the fight to free Europe during the
"Battle of the Bulge".