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Caught in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge
Local WWII veteran remembers close calls
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Henry Fitz Fitzgerald of Elgin (right) and Don Daniels of Blythewood joined 98 other veterans on an all-expense-paid trip to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in April. The trip was sponsored by electric cooperatives in South Carolina and organized by Honor Flight of S.C. - photo by Perry McLeod
(Recognizing the valor of South Carolinians who fought in World War II, 19 electric cooperatives joined Honor Flight of South Carolina in April to fly 100 veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial built in their honor and other historic sites. This is the first of three stories on Kershaw County veterans who served in World War II and who were part of this Honor Flight.) Henry FitzGerald was just 22 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, but when he arrived on the battlefield in Europe, he was one of the oldest soldiers in his infantry unit. FitzGerald entered the Army relatively late because he was working in a machine shop in his home of Berwyn, Pa., that was vital to the war effort.