MANCE, CHARLES T.
VETERAN OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
CHARLES T. MANCE
U. S. Army Medical - S/Sgt
1941 – 1945 - Non Combat
ETO England, France, Belgium
Military Honors and Awards:
American Defense Medal
Good Conduct Medal
French Liberation Medal
50th Anniversary Battle of Bulge
WWII Victory Medal
I was drafted into the Army on March 13, 1941 as part of the Reserve. I was assigned to the Medical Corp into Reserve Hospital 214. Field transferred to 298th Evacuation Hospital after Pearl Harbor. I landed in Liverpool, England, on Oct. 20, 1942. I was raised to a Corporal. I got caught in buzz bombardment attack on London while escorting an ambulance convoy of mental patients to
Edinboro, Scotland to be transported by air to the United States. After D_Day I was transferred to staging area. I came over Normandy Beach on July 15th to set up Evacuation Hospital 298th in old French Naval Hospital in Cherbourg, France. We received first patients 7 days after arrival. We moved to Leige, Belgium after France was liberated to a tent evacuation hospital. I got caught in the Battle of the Bulge with Germans just 80 miles from unit. Received Buck Sergeant rank after Project Ambulance. Later was promoted to S/Sgt and put in charge of A & D and ER of 298th hospital after previous S/Sgt was sent home for a medical discharge. I spent four Christmas holidays in various parts of the world. In 1941 I was in Little Rock, Arkansas Camp Robinson. In 1942 I was in London, England in bomb shelter during rain and buzz bombing attack by Germany. In 1943 I was in Cherbourg, France, and in 1944 in Leige, Belgium.
Honorable discharge in September 20, 1945.