A Letter From Austin Cox, 29th Division Veteran
May 4, 1998
Just for the record, I enlisted in the National Guard of the 29th Division, 115 Infantry Regiment, Company “L” in 1940. I went to England in 1942 and trained in Cornwall and Devon for D-Day. I landed on Omaha Beach ,H-hour plus 10. The time from the beach to the Elbe River included 5 Battle Stars, Spearhead, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and all the rest.
I am so proud to be one of the few Citizen Soldiers left who belonged to the only National Guard Division to have landed on D-Day. Our small town now has only 6 of us left. We were a company of 180 in the 1940s. God has blessed me, my wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We have just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. My lovely wife was a war bride whom I married in England.
I will be 79 years young in December 1998. My wife Jeanne will be 75 years young in November 1998. We both enjoy good health. I am an avid golfer and my wife an avid bowler. We both enjoy traveling and have been to Europe many times to visit Jeanne’s family. I was in France for the 50th D-Day anniversary. I spent a week in Normandy and St. Lo and it was the most memorable week of my life. The town that we live in (I am the third generation of Coxes born there) is Crisfield, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimonial with us, Mr. Cox.