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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Merry KoKOMO iTRIBUNE i Sunday 1994 Kokomo resident Stan Kucholick spent Christmas Eve 1944 fighting in World War lls Battle of the Bulge Tribune photo by Tim Bath Thankful to be alive Kucholick remembers Christmas of 1944 S0jearsago Battle of the Bulge By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer For longtime Kokomo resident Stan the holiday sea son is a glorious time to share with his 70 family including 32 six stepgrandchildren and two great For it is also a time to be thankful that he is Fifty years ago Kucholick survived one of the most tragic battles in military history the Battle of the The battle that lasted from 16 to the day after Christmas 1944 gets its name from the bulging shape of the World War II Kucholick was among sol diers in the Armys 106th Golden Lions Infantry Division to fight their way out of Ger where the Nazis surround ed the Allies in December of Kucholick said his fighting unit was trapped behind the battle I dont know how we the 424th Regiment did he But we fought our way out of there with Germans around us He was a sergeant in the 1st Bat talion of the 424th which was made up of young draftees averaging 22 years he His job as a sergeant was to relay messages and commands between the division and regi mental Even though not every infantryman was assigned to actu ally when the Germans came everybody became a It was you or Starting with the DDay inva sion on June Allied forces had stormed across American troops assumed the Germans didnt have much the Germans werent finished In retreat for more than six months since they struck back with a lastditch attack on the morning of Kucholicks division reached German soil on and the men were called up to Winterspell Please see Page A8 At on December the Germans opened fire on the 1 st Army in the sector of the Western The hoping to before the battle seize fought 60 miles into the Ardennes before being pushed on f18 m9rnirJ9 back by the The German counteroffensive lasted from December 16 to its high point on December of December 1944 Allies Rundstedts counteroffensive Front line on December i German attacks Front line on December 24 and 25 Front line on night of December 20 i Corps and divisions counterattacks 1 Some American unit locations 7ihArmd The outcome By the German armies were back at their starting In 34 days of of the original German soldiers were wounded or Eight hundred of their tanks and at FRANCE least aircraft were Of the Allied Americans and British were Luckiest day of my life By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Kucholick survived his spell a cold time in Germany during Christmas This wasnt his only encounter with Kucholick calls the luckiest day of his On that he We just flushed out a German Tiger tank in the small town of which we took control We were in this building we used as The colonel and lieutenant were downstairs in the Our artillery was falling short of the and it was my job to call them and tell them to lift up the While 1 was upstairs a German tank fired two shells into the hitting the two offi It I wouldnt have been up 1 might not bthere He said he was knocked down by the first blast but wasnt seri ously The second shell knocked me back I was hit in the thigh as I was luckily it wasnt real He said standing next to him was a young soldier who was hit in the head and a lieu tenant was hit in the and a sergeant was hit in the He said he was on the front line for 33 days until his Then he was sent to an aid station and then to Paris before being sent to then by ship to the Unit ed States May the day the Ger mans Atter the war people always How did you feel about killing other people For it didnt enter my When youre in a war like you dont have time to think about things like that You about where the Germans are and getting rf I H VJ iimaiiniiiJiiiMX Y LUXKMBOH Illusualed Chronology ol the Second Work Consulate Gttntual ul Bajgiuri U S Ainiy AP Holiday bright for needy Goodfellows is a charity spon sored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christ g OdSellows GOOOFElLOWS MAKE CHILDREN SMILE mas provided through corporate sponsor Donations to the charity are used tofund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Kokomo Post Office Box 300 Union Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tribune and dropped off at the accounting The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page I throughout the holiday In loving memory of Grandpa Zimpleman Emily and Andrew In loving memory of our par Homer and Wallace and Mary Slaughter Keith and Bonnie Slaughter and family In memory of our parents Miss Jones third and fourth grade class Maple Crest Ele mentary School Merry Christinas to Harold Uick Jim WilLnil Russena Comer and JiQi from your secretaries In loving memory of our James Sir Fakes BratJ and Kathy Patty and Wayne Linda and Bobby and Steve Fakes In loving memory of oat Grandpa Fakes Brooke and Kameron Chaplin In memory of Amy Evans The Red and Blue Staff In loving memory of Conrad from your chil dren and grandchildren In memory of Rusty Fairfield In memory of John Charles Chuck Hudson and Roy with wonderful memories of special Julie I Total Inside todays Kokomo Tribune M Classified ado Entertdinnwrrt Msteo Myw ntf 4 vt
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