A bit of background now on our presenter for the April 2010 program.
Pictured here is a very young Linfred LeRoy Schuttler. A store clerk before World War II, Linfred was drafted in 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas. He was part of a 60mm mortar squad of the 103rd Division when he shipped out to Marseilles, France in October 1944. His unit was part of the US Seventh Army and was sent to the Alsace-Lorraine area of eastern France. During the Battle of the Bulge, they were re-assigned to the US Third Army. The division ended the war in the Brenner Pass area of Austria and Italy. Linfred was hospitalized for two months in early 1945 with hepatitis. He left the Army in 1946 with the Bronze Star, European Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge.