Berlin Command

Berlin Command

Berlin Command

Berlin Command

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Here's to the Yanks who, working day and night with our British and French allies and with democratic Germans, made the Berlin victory possible-- to men like John Digges, who purified the water; to Ben Scheinman, who brought justice to German courts; to Ray Ashworth, who created a strong, democratic police force; and, above all, to Bill Babcock who, as my deputy, carried a terrific load; to the five hundred officers and civilians, men and women, not mentioned by name, who turned Berlin into a Communist repulse; to the woefully thin line of fighting troops, under direct orders of Colonels Bob Willard and Jimmy Duke, who, threatened with annihilation, created an American Army epic with their calm, unflinching courage.

Here's to my wife, Edith, and our four small children, who took the daily insults, threats, and privations of the Communist rats who walked like bears, and to all the wives who stood by their men, as American women have always done, stanch in the conviction that where the Stars and Stripes wave, there is the indestructibility of decency and there is the inspired might of a free people.

FRANK HOWLEY

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