DECEMBER 7, 1941….A Date That Will Live In Infamy………….And About My Friend, Sergeant William S. Fleiss

Today is December 7, 2009. 68 Years ago, the Japs Bombed Pearl harbor, and we entered World War II.

You don’t hear much about this day anymore, as it is Not Politically Correct, in the Eyes of our ASSHOLE Politicians!!!!! Well, I will tell you something about that day, and about my Friend, Sergeant William S. Fleiss.

The Date is Arguably one of the most important dates in United States History. Many of our Citizens Died in that War. They were Fighting for the Survival of the People that are Citizens of The USA today!!! If it wasn’t for the Veterans that fought in that War, The United States of America would NOT be the Country it is Today. Many of us would have been Killed, and we would have been taken over and Ruled by the Krauts, Japs and the Rest of our Enemies. We owe MUCH to those that Protected us, and Secured Our Country, for us to have a Great Place to Live In, which is The United States of America!!!!!!

A friend of mine, William S. Fleiss, is a Veteran of World War II, and is a Hero in the True Sense of the Word. He was a Combat Medic in the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division aka The Big Red 1. He served almost 3 1/2 Years in that War, of which almost 3 years were on the Front Line. Sergeant Fleiss was on the Front Lines in the following Battles and Campaigns:

Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and the Sicily & Tunisia Campaigns.

Bill saw All the Horrors of War, and fought in some of the most Violent Battles on the Face of this Earth.

Sergeant William S. Fleiss and his fellow soldiers from The Big Red 1, along with the other Brave Soldiers, were in the 2nd Wave on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Sergeant Fleiss and his fellow Soldiers exited the Amphibious Vehicles out in the English Channel, and had to swim to shore. Many Soldiers drowned due to the fact that they had 100lbs. of gear strapped to their backs, and that their Commanders made an error when they told the Soldiers to exit in too deep a water. Of those that didn’t drown, many Soldiers were Shot and Killed from the Machine gun Fire that the enemy was bombarding them with. In the words of Sergeant Fleiss, “Many of the guys around me were getting killed by the Machine Gunfire. One second there was a guy to my left, and the next second, I turned around and his head was blown off! The water was Red and dead bodies were floating all around. I don’t know why I wasn’t also killed. But I made it to the Beach, where I stayed for almost 24 hours without moving due to the Enemy firing upon us.” Sergeant Fleiss and his fellow Soldiers were hunkered down on Omaha Beach for almost 24 Hours, while the Enemy was unloading Infinite Rounds of Machine Gunfire!!! A small group of Soldiers were able to Advance and killed the last of the German Machine Gunners, and Bill and his fellow Soldiers were able to proceed up the Beach, and secure it.

Sergeant William S. Fleiss received the following Awards and Commendations:

Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, a Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-middle Eastern Service Medal w/1 Bronze Arrowhead and a Good Conduct Medal.

Bill saved many of his fellow Soldier’s lives during his almost 3 Years of Service on the Front Lines. I have read all of Bill’s Citations. They speak of the Heroism that Sergeant Fleiss displayed on the Battle Field. The Multiple times that he went out on the Battle Field,  under heavy enemy fire, and with Disregard for his own Life, pulling many Wounded Soldiers to Safety, and out of Harms way from Enemy Fire and certain death. The Strength, both Physical and Mental, that Sergeant Fleiss displayed throughout his 3 Years of Action in the most dangerous Battles on Earth, was Astonishing! At Wars end, he was one of only 2 Soldiers left in his Company of 200 Soldiers. Most Died in Action, while others suffered Mentally from the Pressures of War, or as it was called back then, they turned “Green,” and were either removed from the Front Lines or Discharged.

Of all the stories that Bill has told me, he spoke of one Soldier that he befriended. The Soldier had Shell Shock and was paralyzed with fear, while they were on the battlefield, under heavy enemy fire.The man couldn’t move. He just wanted to die. Bill took him under his wing and became his best friend. He was able to calm him down. Bill protected him, and kept him from harms way, until he could get him to a field hospital. The Soldier was eventually removed from the Front Lines, and given another assignment. He was now assigned to be a Cook. The Soldier always remembered how Bill saved his Life and was very grateful, and made sure that Bill never had an empty stomach!

As a Medic, Bill was Unarmed, and Under the Rules of War, was not to be Fired upon by the Enemy. Well obviously, the Enemy didn’t give a Shit about the Rules, and took every opportunity to try to Kill the Medics of the Allies. The reason the enemy wanted to kill the Medics was because they wouldn’t be able to patch up the wounded soldiers, who would then die out in the field. During the first few months of the War, a Captain was killed, and Sergeant Fleiss secured his weapon, and carried it throughout the War. As a Medic, he was always surrounded by his fellow soldiers, who wanted to make sure that Sergeant Fleiss stayed alive and well because if they ever got wounded, they wanted to make sure that Sergeant Fleiss was there to patch them up and get them over to the rear Lines and to the Field Hospital! Bill Earned his Stripes, and wore them Proudly, and his fellow soldiers knew that he was very good at what he did.

After the War was over, it was very surreal for Bill. One day he was fighting for his life, the lives of his fellow Soldiers, and the Very existence of The United States of America. And the next day he was sitting in a bar, thinking about “What the hell just happened?” He was offered an opportunity by his Superiors to sign up and stay in the Army. He was to be promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant. His Superiors knew that Bill was one of the Best, and they wanted him to Stay in the Army. Bill figured there was nothing for him in Civilian Life, and agreed to Stay. He signed the Papers and was waiting for the orders to return to the Army. But as fate would have it, he was introduced to a Beautiful Woman by the name of Phyllis, and they began Dating. What happened, you ask? They have been married for 61 years!!!!!! And no, Bill never did go back to the Army!!!! Bill and Phyllis have 2 Beautiful Daughters, Jane and Nina, and a Beautiful Granddaughter, Isabel.

Thank you Bill Fleiss, and it is an Honor to call you my Friend!!!!

UPDATE:

Sergeant William S. Fleiss received a letter on November 11, 2009, which is Veterans Day. The letter was from President William Jefferson Clinton. Bill’s daughter Jane, wrote a letter to President Clinton, telling him about her Father’s Distinguished Military Service during World War II. The letter went on to thank Bill Fleiss for his service, and for his contributions in Defending our Nation’s Freedom and Security. The letter also extended warm wishes to Bill and his Family, from The President and Hillary.

This letter meant a lot to Bill and his Family, and to all of Bill’s friends. It is a Great acknowledgement when the President of the United States writes you a letter to thank you for all you have done to make this Country a better place, and for your Distinguished Military Service in the United States Army.

Thank you Jane for writing your letter to President Clinton, and thank you President Clinton, for acknowledging Bill’s Service to his Country.

Eulogy:
On January 24, 2010, my dear friend Bill passed on into the next phase of life.
His Family had a beautiful Memorial for Bill which many attended to Honor his Life.
The next day, there was a Soldiers Funeral for Sergeant William S. Fleiss, and Phyllis Fleiss was presented with his Flag.
Bill was a Great Soldier, and a Great Man.
Rest in Peace my Friend, and have a Peaceful Journey.

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One Comment on “DECEMBER 7, 1941….A Date That Will Live In Infamy………….And About My Friend, Sergeant William S. Fleiss”

  1. transparnc Says:

    Eulogy:
    On January 24, 2010, my dear friend Bill passed on into the next phase of life.
    His Family had a beautiful Memorial for Bill which many attended to Honor his Life.
    The next day, there was a Soldiers Funeral for Sergeant William S. Fleiss, and Phyllis Fleiss was presented with his Flag.
    Bill was a Great Soldier, and a Great Man.
    Rest in Peace my Friend, and have a Peaceful Journey.


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