| "Captain HW “Mutt” McCord (A second
Lieutenant at time of picture taken) was a member of the 104th AAA, AW,
Bn,. SP, Battery B. During the Korean War. Served two years on active
duty. (1950-1952) I was one of four McCord brothers serving in the Army
in Europe during world war two. I was married to the late Jeanne E.
Berryhill who passed away in January 1989. We had two sons and one
daughter. I have ten grand children and six great grand children. My
present wife Mamie Daily McCord and I married on August 27,1989. She
has two daughters and three grand children, two boys and one girl.
I served three years and three days
duty during World War Two. (August 6, 1942 to August 9, 1945) I was
into the army from my home town of Sheffield, Alabama on August 6, 1942
the age of twenty one. I was inducted into the army at Fort McClellan
Shipped to Fort McPhearson GA. for processing and classification and a
of orientation, shots, and clothing issuing. Here the Articles of War
read to us. We boarded a troop train headed to an unknown army camp for
our basic training.
I received my first six weeks of basic
training in Company D, 34th Bn. 9th Reg. Camp Croft SC. I was made an
acting corporal and squad leader. Most of
this training was as it is called, basic soldier training. We trained
the Enfield bolt action 1903-type rifle. At the end of our first six
we were transferred to Company B, 30th, Bn. 9th Reg. for seven more
of advance weapons training. Company B was a heavy weapons company. We
training on the M-1 rifle, 60 mm and 81mm mortars. Also the 30 cal.
machine gun, the heavy 30 cal (water-cooled) machine-gun and the 50 cal
gun. We had training on the towed 37 mm anti-tank gun. We had many
on map and compass reading and night training. Many miles of
hiking with full field packs. We were taught hand to hand combat,
fighting and at that time a new version of training was the Commando
Commando training during world war two is sort of like what our Special
are today. We had many hours of running the obstacle course. We
six days a week. We had many hours of night training Sunday was an off
for church and free time. Saturday nights most every one went into town
the Service Club or the USO and some went across the highway
the main gate to Jungle Jim's beer joint.
At the end of our training cycle I was selected out of a
company of two hundred men to be promoted to Corporal and assigned as
cadre in the second platoon. This was my platoon were I took my
training. I was assigned to assist the same platoon sergeant that was
over me during my training,
Sergeant Mason. I was lucky enough to stay in the same platoon. I made
Sergeant and stayed nearly two years in the same barracks. I enjoyed my
and being there at Camp Croft SC.
Camp Croft was known for its caliber
of soldiers they turned out at the end of each training cycle. It was
an Infantry Replacement Training Center. General George Patton was
quoted as saying that Camp Croft turned out class “A” fighting men.
Croft had one of the largest rifle ranges of any Army Replacement
The toughest training course at Croft
was the Infiltration Course. Here the trainees had to crawl under barb
wire obstacles with rifle and field packs while loud explosives were
blasting off and live machine gun tracer bullets being fired about
waist high over their heads. This was called getting your Baptism Of
Fire. We didn't know it then but we
realized later that this was good training for all trainees that faced
We were taught at Croft, not only how to kill if we had to but .how not
The City of Spartanburg, SC. was like
all other towns near Military Installations. Over crowded with military
people. The City of Spartanburg the Churches, the USO and the Services
Clubs did a
good job of having entertainment for the troops.
After nearly two years stationed here
I got orders to ship overseas late in May. I was home on a delayed in
route leave when the Invasion of Europe started. (D-Day 1944) I was
shipped to Fort
Mead MD. Here I was processed for overseas assignments. Next shipped to
Marshaling Area at Camp Miles Standish in New Jersey. Went by
to the Port of Embarkation and loaded on to the troop ship USS
Hew York Harbor headed to unknown destinations. It took seven
reach our destination, England. Two days out from England we were told
we were going. We were issued a handbook on the country and the people
England and the value of their money compared to the American dollar
were to be guests in their Country. So be a good soldier and stay out
Our troop ship landed at Liverpool
England. We marched to a waiting English troop train to carry us
to our first Replacement Depot in Europe. This was one of many we were
later to be posted at. This place was named Dallermour Park. From here
ere we were told about the German break through that was headed towards
Vith. On the morning of the 17th of December we started digging in our
and our foxholes. We were in support of the 106th Inf. Division. This
it, The Battle of the Bulge (it was later named) had started.
On the night of the 21st of December
1944 our positions were over run. I want go into detail of the battle.(
you can read this in my Memoirs) I was wounded but was able to withdraw
to the town of St. Vith where I caught the last half-track out of the
town. I ended up in Crombach Belgium. I was wounded again in this
battle on December 22, 1944. On December 23, 1944 while trying to
withdraw from Crombauch our jeep was hit by a German 88 mm on a Tiger
tank. I tried to escape to a barn but was captured by the Germans.
(William Kemp from Middlesex, KY. was with me.)
We were searched, our over shoes were
taken along with our cigarettes, money, watches and rings. We were
interrogated by a young German officer.( Details of this can be found
in Mutt’s Memoirs of World War Two) We were put with a group of about
fifty other captured
American GI’s. That night on the 23rd of December 1944 we started
back towards Germany as prisoners of war. For the first time in my
my freedom had been taken away from me. I had lost all the freedom that
was so use to having as a free American it is an awful feeling. Yet the
was yet to come.
We walked many miles to Stalag IV-B
near Mulhberg in deep snow. No food or water for days. Most every one
in my group was wounded and had trouble keeping up with the main body
of prisoners. By the time we made it to Stalag IV-B we were in bad
shape. Arrived at Stalag IV-B on January 10, 1945. We were sick, cold,
hungry and bad, bad cases
of dysentery. It got worse as time went by. We were in a very bad
condition. Here I became Prisoner of War # 316538
On January 15, 1945 I arrived at
Stalag VIII-A near Gorlitz, Germany. This camp was worse than IV-B.
Short on food and places for us to sleep. No place to take a bath. We
stunk like skunks. (This wasn't suppose to rhyme and be funny)
Conditions here were awful. A lot of prisoners were dying from old
wounds and pneumonia.
The Russians were getting close to
this camp in their drive to get to Berlin so the Germans moved us to
Stalag XI-B near Fallingbostel Germany. We arrived there on February
11, 1945. Camp living condition here were the same as the other two
camps. I remained at Stalag XI-B until the British liberated us on
April 16, 1945.I spent a total of one
hundred twenty two days of pure hell as a prisoner of war of the
here to visit a page where Mutt describes a "stalag cooker"
as used by American and British POWs in Germany.
After liberation I was convoyed to
Brussels Belgium for medical examinations and traveled to Camp Lucky
Strike for more examinations and all the milk shakes I could hold three
times a day. We were a starved pitiful looking company of men.
Boarded the USS George Washington at
La Harve France headed to the USA. Loaded with wounded and ex-prisoners
of war. After fourteen days on the ocean we landed at New York Harbor.
Our next stop was at Camp Kilmer NJ. From Kilmer to Fort McPhearson GA.
where we were issued a sixty-six day leave. My first son was four
months old when I first saw him.
I didn't know if my baby was a girl or a boy till I reached the States
Reported to R & R Center at Miami
Beach FL. after my sixty six day leave at home. Next stop was back at
Fort McPhearson GA. Having enough points for separation I was
discharged from the Army at Fort McPhearson with the rank of Staff
Sergeant for the conveyances of the government.
I earned three Purple Hearts, Bronze
Star Metal, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Ex-POW
Metal, ETO Ribbon with three bronze battle stars, American Defense
metal, the Presidential
Citation Award and the Belgium Citation for liberation of their
I have one hash mark for three years service in world War Two and two
Total time served was five years active duty and seven years National
After my discharged in 1945 I got my
GED Diploma. I enrolled in the Carpenter's Apprenticeship class and
after four years I became a first class carpenter. I became one of the
well known cabinetmakers in our area. For two years I taught the
Carpenters Apprentice School in
my area. In 1948 I joined the Alabama National Guards as a Staff
and soon worked my way up to Master Sergeant. I was commissioned as a
Lieutenant in 1950 and later was promoted to a Captain. I work for the
Valley Authority building Locks and Dams. Retired from Construction May
1983. Had a heart attack in Aug. 1983. Had to have four by-passes.
My hobby was training dogs in
obedience. I owned and operated a dog Obedience School. Retired from
this in 1989. I am now eighty-four years old and we have a place on the
lake. My hobby now is going fishing with my wife. You have heard of a
golfer's caddy, well, I
am now my wife's fishing caddy. Enough said!
Mutt passed away March 9, 2011