Originally Published: November 10, 2015 7:01 p.m.
Frank T. 'Bud' Schleicher
City of Residence: Prescott
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
I, Frank T. "Bud" Schleicher, graduated from high school in June 1943. I was drafted into the Army the next day after being turned down by the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard (bad eyes, but the Army did not care). Sent to Camp Roberts, California, for basic Army training. After completion, I applied to Army Specialized Training Program, was accepted and sent to Pasadena Junior College as a crash course to become a civil engineer (to build and rebuild bridges). About one-third of the way through the program, it was discontinued as the need for bodies outweighed the need for engineers.
The day we were leaving for PJC, I came down with scarlet fever, as did about six to seven others, and we were put into isolation at a Pasadena hospital. When we were dismissed from the hospital, we returned to the college campus to find it deserted. We hung around the campus, doing janitorial work and eating with food vouchers at local restaurants, but were soon sent to join the 14th Light Infantry Regiment, on maneuvers in the Hunter Ligget Military Reservation in northern California. The program did not work, and we were sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, to join the 71st Infantry Division.
After training we were deployed to Europe in January 1945, and sent to General Patton's Army as a replacement division. I was wounded on April 3, 1945, after being in two major battles, but my unit went on to be the "Furthest East" unit in Europe. I was returned to the States, and received a medical honorable discharge in August 1945.