Sergeant Raymond Mohrlang in England, 1944
|This is a wonderful story, I made contact with Gary Mohrlang through e-bay, I was buying a USAAF patch for my personal collection. He noticed we live at Bridport in England and wrote to me to tell me his father was stationed at Bridport awaiting embarkation to the D-Day landing beaches 60 years ago. These pictures were taken in England, before he joined his comrades in the big push across the Channel. I told Gary that Bridport Museum are holding an exhibition of official photographs, taken locally, of GI's in the war getting to know us Limeys. These photographs are Sergeant Reymond Mohrlangs personal memory of his comrades in arms, his band of brothers.The photos speak for themselves, a company of young men who have already been tested by battle, wait for the big push into Europe. They know what lies before them and they will show incredible bravery against all the odds. Here I let Gary take over the story of how his father, one of many soldiers, came to our aid 60 years ago.|
"Until my dad's dying day, I don't believe I ever heard him refer to the
English as English, British, Brits or any other name you all may go by. It was
always "Those Limeys" or "That Limey," but always
with true admiration in his voice. He would tell us as children "When
I was over there, those Limeys would have their bagpipers play right up front
into battle!" "Can you imagine how brave those Limey were!"
or "Those Limeys knew how to do it right!" or "The Limeys
have the right idea," etc..etc.. We always knew to whom he was referring.
The photo shows my father Sergeant Raymond Mohrlang in England, May 1944, right before the Cross-Channel Attack.
in Capt. Joseph Dawson's Company G, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st
Infantry Division. They were credited with being the first onto the bluffs overlooking
Omaha Beach on June 6th, which he never talked about. I learned about this through
reading about the invasion and talking with some of his buddies. I am very proud
of my father's war service.|
decorations and awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Presidential Unit
Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak
Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation,
EAME Campaign Medal with 6 Campaign Stars and Arrowhead Device (for Invasion Assaults
on N. Africa, Sicily and Normandy), W.W.II Victory Medal and the French Foureguerre.
| Thank you very much for sharing your Father's story and photographs
with us Gary. |
Pages created by Chris Pamplin on behalf of Gary Mohrlang and in memory of his father and the brave soldiers of Company G