Chaplains of the
36th Infantry Division
Chaplain (Colonel) Herbert E. MacCombie
On May 3rd we moved to Bad Tolz.
Nearby some German SS troops had fired upon some refugees, who were
fleeing from Dachau. The refugees were helpless and unarmed, but the
Nazis fired upon them, killing some and wounding others.
The Military Government asked
me to see what could be done for the wounded. I located a hospital
occupied by German SS casualties. They assured me that they had no room
for refugees from Dachau. I told them they must find room for them. If
necessary, I would go through the hospital and locate cases that could be
ambulatory and make room for the refugees. One of my men slapped the butt
of his rifle. They found room for the wounded.
It was at Bad Tolz that Lt.
Burke of the 141st received the surrender of Field Marshall Gerd von
On May 5th we moved to Kufstein,
Austria. On May 8th we moved to Kitsbuhel, Austria. Here we received the
news that Germany had surrendered. On May 9th, accompanied by a group of
officers and men from Division Headquarters, I attended a service of
Thanksgiving held by the Bishop of Servia, who had been recently liberated
from a German Concentration Camp. The Patriarch of Serbia was also
present at the service. That same day Chaplain Roemer conducted a Solemn
High Mass of thanks for the Allied victory. The mass was held in the
local church. We also held a Protestant Thanksgiving Service in a local
church. On May 11th a Jewish service of Thanksgiving was held at the
While we were at Kitzbuhel we
received the surrender of Hermann Goering. I saw his great armored car.
The windows were supposed to be bullet-proof. I estimated that they could
probably get about one mile to the gallon, but even with a shortage of
gasoline in Germany, Goering could still ride in state.
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