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Veteran Remembers Battle of the Bulge


The Battle of the Bulge is one of the biggest battles ever fought by the United States, and one North Dakota Veteran remembers every detail from the battlefield.

90-year-old Orn Hier served in the 10th Armored Division during World War Two and didn't even carry a rifle during the battle.

Hier was a Supplier for the Army and was only 20-years-old when he was drafted.

He says the hardest part of World War Two was fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.

"We had I think we lost, well when that was over we had a little over 10,000 of us and there was 5,000 that were dead or wounded, so we had to get 5,000 men then when we got back to France," World War Two Veteran Orn Hier said.

In 2011 Hier and his son traveled back to visit many of the small towns he passed through during the war.

One of the most memorable for Hier is when he was laying a flag on General Patton's grave and was invited to see a monument for the 10th Armored Division in Dietrich Germany.

It was then he was awarded the Luxembourg Friendship Medal of Honor.

"That was kind of a big deal, something I didn't expect but that's how they feel about us there they're really trying to pay back I guess," Hier said.

During his trip in 2011, he also visited places like Normandy, Paris and Mannheim.


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