Thanks to Arnold Rosen of Sun City Hilton Head for sharing the somber stories of two Lowcountry men who witnessed one of the darkest days of history 66 years ago last Friday.
Arnold tells about the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany on April 29, 1945, through the eyes of veterans Bernard Warshaw of Walterboro and Earl Rogers of Sun City.
Arnold has recorded the stories of many local veterans in two books, "Before It's Too Late" and "Keeping Memories Alive." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the website, www.veteransprofiles.us.
The Liberation of Dachau
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By Arnold Rosen
It was 66 years ago on the morning of April 29, 1945, that an American soldier, Pfc. John Degro of Burton, Ohio, is believed to be the first American liberator to enter the infamous Dachau concentration camp and come within view of the inmates. He was followed into camp by his buddies of the 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, of the U.S. 45th (Thunderbird) Division.
Sun City Hilton Head veteran Earl Rogers, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division, and Walterboro native Bernard Warshaw of the 433rd Automatic Weapons Battalion, arrived shortly after.
As the day wore on, other units such as the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. 7th Army supported by elements of I Company entered the camp.
Late that afternoon, Dachau was surrendered to the Americans by SS-Sturmscharf