||Clarence C. Greeninger was born in Oshkosh, WI on July 28, 1924, the son of Conrad and mary Greeninger. He attended Sacred Heart School and Oshkosh High School. He worked for Paine Lumber Company until he was drafted in May 1943. His wife's name was Mary or Irene and she worked at Universal Foundry. The couple had a son named Dennis. He became a member of Company F, 502nd Parachute Regiment, which parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal. He fought in Belgium, France and Holland and was promoted to corporal. He was killed in action on January 15, 1945.
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||V-Mail Letter (full size) from Private Clarence C. Greeninger, Company F, 502nd Parachute Regiment, to his mother, Mary Greeninger, in Oshkosh, WI.
Pvt. C.C. Greeninger
Co. F. 502 Parch. Inf. Reg.
APO 472 c/o P.M.N.Y.C.
Well how's my darling mother today? Fine I hope & so is your son. Well mom the trails been a bit rough but we're getting her licked & it won't be long now & I hope that this war will be over. Don't worry about me cause I'll be O.K. But I guess you can't help but worry once in awhile. Oh, yes about where I am. Right now I'm under a big cherry tree here in Holland. It's a very beautiful country mom with beautiful fruit orchards and green houses & many fields of plentifulness, which really describes it. Holland is just like you read it in books with its Dutch mills & dykes. You know mom I really miss you an awful lot, but you're really what makes a fighting man keep going just to know he has a swell mom & dad & sis like you see back home in there praying & pitching for my safe return. Another thing mom I know for a fact that prayers really help cause they've helped me out of many a tight spots. Will close for now with all my love to a swell mom.
Your son Sonny
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