|The Blue Creek Comets of 1954 - Part 2|
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:10 PM|
In 1945 Italy, the Bells of San Benedetto resolved the fate of the ’54 Comets
By GERALD SINN
Special to the Progress
Part 2 of 7
It was an armistice. No country would attack or bomb the ancient city of Rome in World War II. Thus, when the U.S. 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment entered Rome it was a walk through; Mussolini’s fascists were out of the war. That was in June of 1944. Roman citizens praised our soldiers and allies for their freedom. Still, a lot of war was ahead, as the 85th marched north from Rome into the Apennines Mountains. It would take four months to reach Po Valley. The Allies would not win the war until they knocked the Nazis out of Po Valley.
Otis Pease came into the war on January 13, 1945. He was 29 years old. America needed sugar, so he worked at the sugar beet factory in Paulding until March 1944.
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