Lober, Arlyn

Arlyn Lober, a tank crewman in the 11th Armored Division, arrived in France in late 1944, and had his baptism of fire during the Battle of the Bulge. Suffering from frostbite, he was hospitalized for several weeks, then returned to his unit, now as a tank commander. Lober served with the 42nd Tank Battalion, part of Patton's 3rd Army as it fought its way across Germany, and celebrated his 21st birthday on V-E day, May 8, 1945. A few days later he saw the horrors of Nazi Germany when visiting Gusen concentration camp, part of the Mauthausen concentration camp complex. ​