Wallace Isaacson

Wallace Isaacson of Makinen, Minnesota, enlisted in the Army on October 11, 1943 at Fort Snelling, Minn.

He was a Technician 5th Grade in Battery B, 286th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, 3rd Army, X11 Corps: Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe campaigns.

"286th FOB a small unit of 42 men, considered a non-combat battalion but which located enemy guns through the use of sound and flash equipment....I was in the sound section and my job was to take the microphones and place them out in the field, as well as take meals out to the two forward observers. I had a Jeep to get around in and named it ''Stuff.''

"In 4 months I went through 10 new tires, so one of my biggest problems was that I spent all my spare time fixing tires....Transferred to Battery B, 288th FOB and remained there until returned to U.S."

Mr. Isaacson was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, American Campaign Medal, Letter of Commendation, World War II Victory Medal and two overseas service bars.

He was honorably discharged March 19, 1946 at Camp McCoy, Wis.

Source: Hometown Heroes: The St. Louis County World War II Project. 123.

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