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John E. Sidlinger

Nickname: John
Division: Army
Rank: Sgt In 81st Field Artillery Batallion
Hometown: Fredonia, KS
Wartime Locations: First stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska and Sailed for England in August 1944. Went ashore in Normandy, France at Omaha Beach September, 1944.
Returned home shortly after the end of the war in Europe in June, 1945.
Wartime Service Dates: August 1944 - June, 1945
Major Battles: Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe
The 81st was initially attached to the Ninth Army supporting the 83rd and 4th Infantry Divisions in Defense of Luxembourg. Attached to Gen. Middleton’s VIII Corp of First US Army on 12-16-44 holding the southern hinge of “the Bulge.” Middleton’s Corp, including the 81st FA Battalion, was assigned to Patton’s Third Army on 12-28-44, and the 81st marched 70 miles in a blinding snowstorm in relief of American troops at Bastogne.
The Battalion fought through Belgium and Luxembourg in the “Battle of the Ardennes” through 2-14-45. Entered Germany in February 1945 and attacked the Siegfried Line in the vicinity of the Schnee Eifel Forest. Took positions in the Battle of Koblenz 3-15-44. Returned home shortly after the end of the war in Europe in June, 1945.
Unit: 81st Field Artillery
Medals: Awarded several citations for Meritorious Service including the Bronze Star.
Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, European - African - Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon W/4 Bronze Battle Star, Asiatic - Pacific Theater Ribbon, 7 Overseas Bars