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The Valles Mines Military Museum

3rd Army Insignia, Patton's Army General George S. Patton
Mina Harrison, American Red Cross volunteer

Born of naturalized Ukrainian parents, after graduating from Quaker School in Philadelphia at 17, Mina signed up with the Red Cross by stealing her older sister's birth certificate.

While she shipped out to England "to serve coffee and donuts to our boys", when the push came for the invasion and her boss told her, "It's time to go home to Philly", she instead volunteered to land "Normandy Beach D-Day+4" and get assigned to duty in a front line field hospital of "Patton's Army". There she got used to living rough and "getting strafed by Gerry" regularly at night.
After the war she was awarded the Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian award. In the Battle of the Bulge, she estimated, "1,200 soldiers died in my arms". Casualty estimates on each side reached 75-80,000 according to some estimates. The Allies fought for Freedom, many Germans for their Homeland, and many Nazis for their "Third Reich".
Perhaps as significant, the teenage girl fresh out of a Philadelphia Quaker School also volunteered to be captured twice by the Nazis in order to establish where their front lines were located in the chaos of war.
While both sides had reached "Take No Prisoners" status, she figured that as a neutral Red Cross worker who treated both enemy and friendly casualties, she had a better chance of surviving. She was captured not once but twice. As she related, "When the German sergeant grabbed me, I hauled off and hit him across the face as hard as I could and yelled at him in German, "You save me for your Commandante!" Thank goodness my father spoke several languages and taught us. It probably saved my life right there." When I met with their commander, I tried my poor German again but he surprised me with his perfect English. "You are lost!" I told him, but then he tells me, "It is you who are lost, fraulein. What are you doing out here so far from your lines?" and sends me back on exactly the right road. Brother, that was a close call."

"Getting back was no walk in the park either. The Germans had spies impersonating American soldiers and how could you tell they weren't, I mean a lot of them went to school in America before being called up for service back in Germany. Our lines were shooting first and asking questions later. When I rolled up in my Jeep, I was held at gunpoint.

But the funny thing was, although the German spies spoke English, they couldn't sing this silly little song which I had been taught to sing to get back inside our lines. Anyone who'd ever been to Jersey could do it but not the Nazi spies.

MerseyDotes ["Mares eat oats]
And DoseyDotes ["and does eat oats"]
And little lamsey-divey ["little lambs eat ivy"],
a kiddley-divey-two wooden ewe ["a kid will eat ivy too. Wouldn't you?"].
So I sang them the password song and here I am today".

Liberating Death Camps

Another of her duties: Feed Lifesavers™ to "the Living Dead"

In liberating Nazi Death Camps, the Red Cross found many prisoners too thin ever to be expected to recover from their starvation even though now their Holocaust imprisonment was over. [See her own pictures]

"When we arrived the furnaces were still burning."

Colonel Harrison was Patton's youngest (34 years old) General Staff Officer at 3rd Army ETO, 1944.

Of course from this author's point-of-view his most significant act was to find Mina Cohan (above) after VE-Day and marry her (hence me, 3rd Army Reunion, Chicago 1951), his career continued.

20 years later he succeeded Major General Leif Sverdrup as Commanding General of the 102nd Infantry Division, United States Army, known as Missouri's Ozark Division. He then built the 102nd into a crack Army fighting force until Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara stripped it down to 1,200 men, sending 28,800 of its soldiers to Vietnam and eventually converting the 102nd to 102nd ARCOM, a reserve division.