Battle Of The Bulge Celebration Brings Back Painful Memories

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The fourth annual Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Celebration in Manhattan brought together veterans from World War II to the Vietnam War.

They met at the American Legion Post in Manhattan Saturday over lunch and shared their wartime memories. Carl Shell is among the vets who had some unique artifacts on display at the event.

"I had three tanks destroyed under me," he recalled. "I was real fortunate I wasn't seriously wounded like some of the fellows had their legs shot off."

"It was gruesome," he said, without elaborating.

Organizers with the Northeast Kansas Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of Bulge say the celebration honors veterans and their sacrifices and is a testament to the cost of freedom.

"It's important for people to understand how easy it is to loose your freedom and how difficult it is to get it back," Tad Pritchett, president of the chapter, said.

About 22 veterans of that battle were able to attend this year's celebration.


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