ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Sam Anderson of the St. Clairsville location, at first from Fairpoint and the St. Clairsville American Legion’s Veteran of the Month for June, observed record in the building when he served in the Military from 1959 by way of 1962.
In Oct 1961, Anderson and his Battalion had been set on unexpected emergency standby inform for the Berlin disaster that culminated in the setting up of the Berlin Wall in August of that yr.
The standoff involving American and Soviet forces worried the standing of Berlin.
The metropolis was inevitably divided and the wall built to protect against the populace from escaping Soviet-controlled East Berlin.
He recalled the sight of Russian and American cannons pointed at each individual other.
“The scariest element was when those two cannons was encounter-to-face. If 1 had fired a shot, there’d have been one hell of a major war,” he reported.
“They were being starting up it up in ’61,” he mentioned.
“Everybody was edgy. We were being loading up on our equipment to be overcome-ready. Most people was on warn,” he claimed. “A good deal of stress. It labored on a lot of men. Afraid. Apprehensive.
“After the Berlin disaster, we then went back to performing our frequent responsibilities, and in August 1962, I was discharged, after satisfying my obligations in the United States Army, returning back again to Ohio,” he mentioned.
“It was an knowledge of a life time, I even now communicate about it 60 yrs later,” he explained.
Anderson mentioned signing up for the army was his very best selection at the time.
“It was the late 50s, just after graduating from substantial university, working in a nearby strip mine, not obtaining any job safety and being laid off all the time, I decided to sign up for the Army,” Anderson mentioned. “I enlisted as a substitute of waiting around to be drafted. Considered I may possibly learn some thing and provide my region as well. I’d do it all over once more.”
He finished basic education and was despatched to Fort Dix, New Jersey, to find out a trade.
“After finishing that application, I acquired orders to be shipped to Germany. It was a total new lifetime for me, coming from a little town,” he mentioned. He would be stationed at Pirmasens, a smaller town in Germany in close proximity to the French border.
“I was assigned to Corporation C, 79th Engineer Battalion. My residence for the up coming two yrs. I worked with other men on the building of barracks to snooze in, and mess hall to eat in,” Anderson said.
The menace of conflict was at any time-existing and he recalled courses on germ warfare.
“Everybody was scared of that things for the reason that you did not know what was coming,” he said.
He was assigned to the motor pool and chauffeured the platoon chief, then transferred to driving the company provide truck.
“My occupation was to source troops with material they made use of for development work opportunities, transfer adult males to work web pages, developing roadways typically to missile web-sites and other schooling regions,” he explained.
Anderson also remembers viewing the Berlin Wall inevitably torn down in 1989
“It was a large reduction,” he explained.
In civilian lifestyle, he labored highway construction.
“There are most likely couple survivors of my assistance time, but the 79th played an significant section in my lifestyle. Becoming in the provider teaches a younger male a great deal of lessons and prepares you for life. You experience a great deal of troubles. You and your fellow troopers have a strong bond. You serve your state and are happy to say that you ended up in the U.S. Military and very pleased to wave your flag.”