Hayden Furrow who came from Virginia, U.S. was only eighteen when he was drawn to the colour. In autumn 1943 he started to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. As almost every young man Hayden was happy to serve for the benefit of the native land. Before this event, all his life had been a small farm in the quiet rural area. He even had never travelled by train that is why the coming duty in the field seemed to him a real adventure. Moreover, it would be the first time when Hayden saw the ocean.
Every recruit understood that they were going to replace hundreds of U.S. soldiers in Europe who had been wounded or killed in action. The number of new soldiers was considerable. After several weeks of infantry training, Hayden was sent to fight the German Army. Could he have imagined that he would participate in the largest seaborne invasion in history called later as The Battle of Normandy?
In summer 1944 he landed in Normandy within the 8th Infantry Division and soon joined the battle near La Haye du Puits. Hayden Furrow was fighting in the 121st Infantry Regiment. His mortar platoon had to meet with the enemy on the killing ground as the Nazi were using machine guns artillery hidden in the hedgerows. The following two months turned out to be rather hard for the The Western Allies suffering from great causalities. His unit was going through many cities that had been dramatically ruined. Hayden was surprised to see how French people, who had lost everything in that terrible war, were thankful to the American troops. They gladly shared their last piece of bread and the water with the U.S. soldiers. Despite the Battle of Normandy Hayden’s division faced strong resistance in Brittany but stood fire and captured a German general Bernhard Hermann Ramcke.
In September 1944, his unit fought nearby Luxembourg and in the Hurtgen Forest. Just there a brave American infantryman was terribly wounded. A mortar shell exploded and the piece of shrapnel hit in Hayden’s leg. He was sent to the nearest field hospital and examined by medics. After he was unshod the doctors had to pronounce the sad fact. His feet got terribly frost-bitten. The war was over for him. Hayden spent some time in the French and British military hospitals. Being discharged in August 1945, Hayden Furrow returned to the United States. Americans cherish the memory of brave feat of the U.S. soldiers who fought the fascists during the World War II. They have not forgotten the service of Hayden Furrow either.
Hayden Furrow who came from Virginia, U.S. was only eighteen when he was drawn to the colour. In autumn 1943 he started to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. As almost every young man Hayden was happy to serve for the benefit of the native land. Before this event, all his life had been a small farm in the quiet rural area.