Louis J. Hendricks, Jr.

"We had great casualties...I can remember peoples' faces that I knew were killed."


Video Interview

Name:  Louis Joseph Hendricks, Jr.
Date of Birth:  5/21/25
Branch of Service:  Army Infantry
Dates of Military Service:  July, 1943 to March, 1946
Location of Military Service:  Europe

Mr. Hendricks served during World War II in the 3rd Battalion, 222nd Regiment, 42nd Division.  It was nicknamed the "Rainbow Division".  He was a Private First Class.  He enlisted when he was only 18 years old.  His basic training was at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  From there, he went to Fargo, North Dakota for army specialized training (ASTP School).  He was then sent to Camp Gruber and qualified on the MI and BAR.  He was also trained on Mortar Guns.  He went by ship to Marseilles, France.  From there, his Division was shipped by boxcar to Strasbourg, then Nancy and then over the Rhine River.  His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for Meritorious Service.  The Presidential Unit Citation was given for the fighting the unit did on the night of January 24, 1945 in the Bois D'Ohlungen and the vicinity of Schweighausen and Neuborg, France..  The 222nd Infantry Regiment, under strength by half a Battalion of riflemen, and extended over a 7500-yard front, was attacked by five regiments from the 7th Parachute, 25th Panzer and 47th German VG Divisions which were supported by heavy artillery.  They were ordered to hold at all costs and the Regiment withstood the enemy's attempts to break the Seventh Army Moder River Line.