ART Diamond, now 89, was in the 104th Infantry Division of the Seventh Corps of the 3rd Armored Division commanded by Gen. Maurice Rose in WW II.
The one and only time he saw Rose was in February, 1945 — but Diamond had no clue about his identity.
“We were responsible for clearing a roadblock on the road to Cologne, Germany,” he says. “It was very bad — mined and zeroed in — but the tanks had to get through. We were assigned the task of clearing the road.
“And there were casualties.”
Around 3 a.m., Army tanks began making their way across the road.
“The first tank passes,” Diamond says. “The second tank passes. The third tank passes.