During the first few days the 443rd was at Trapani, messages of congratulations began to arrive, paying tribute to the victorious Americans who, in a gruelling campaign, had conquered Sicily in five short weeks. From the 18th Army Groups General Alexander, from 7th Armys General Patton, From II Corps General Bradley and from General George C. Marshall, U.S.. Army Chief of Staff came commendations to the 3rd Infantry Division and its attached units. Most meaningful to the 443rd however was the 22 August 1944 commendation from the 3rd Infantry Divisions General Truscott to the Commanding Officer, 443rd AAA AW Bn (SP):
While at Trapani, 443rd men were entertained for the first time since entering into combat by Bob Hope, Jerry Colona and Frances Langford. One 443rd sergeant had opportunity to talk with Miss Langford, who was from his home town.
In order to protect his command from the ravages of venereal disease, which always became worse when troops were in rear area bivouac, General Truscott ordered local girls to be hired, installed in a tent and had his medical doctors check them regularly. This program was short-lived because a report filtered back to some congressmen and the Pentagon ordered the practice stopped.
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