The Ghost In General Patton's Third Army
The Memoirs of Eugene G. Schulz during his service in the United States Army in World War II
About the Book
Eugene G. Schulz was born on a farm in Clintonville, Wisconsin in 1923. He graduated from high school in May, 1941, and worked on his father’s farm and at a truck manufacturing plant until he was drafted into the army in January 1943. Schulz received his basic training at Camp Young, California at the Desert Training Center, and later at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He was assigned to the IV Armored Corps (later named the XX Corps) where he was a typist in the G-3 Section. His duties included the typing of battle orders developed by Colonel W. B. Griffith, the G-3 of XX Corps Headquarters. The XX Corps sailed to England in February 1944 on the Queen Mary with 16,000 soldiers on board, completing the voyage in five days. After final training in England, the XX Corps landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D+46. His unit was attached to General Patton’s Third Army and spearheaded the drive across France, through Germany and into Austria where they met the Russian Army on V-E Day. Schulz was awarded the Bronze Star medal when the war ended. He served in the Army of Occupation in Germany, then returned to the States and was discharged on December 1, 1945. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin—Madison taking advantage of the GI Bill of Rights, and earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration. Schulz met his wife, Eleanore, at the University and they were married in 1949. Schulz worked as an investment research officer at the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee for 36 years. The Schulz’s have been retired since 1988 and continue to live in Milwaukee. They are world travelers. They have five sons, all married, and sixteen grandchildren.
About the Author
The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army is a poignant memoir that documents Eugene G. Schulz’s army training and combat adventures in Europe during World War II. It describes Schulz’s daily duties and life with the XX Corps Headquarters during the three years that he served with this unit. The XX Corps perfected the surprise tactics against the enemy that earned it the title of “Ghost Corps” when it confounded the German High Command by showing up where it was least expected. While serving in Germany, Schulz was an eyewitness to the first Nazi concentration camp that was discovered by American troops, the horrors of which are told in Schulz’s emotional story.