The Personell Memoirs of General Frank Camm Jr.
The following words should be the start of the following pages, which explain in detail the proud history of the 303rd engineers bataillon of 78th US Infantry Division. These Pages are based on a few email-interviews with Lieutenant General Frank Camm, who was in 1945 the Commander of the Charly Company.
So, lets beginn: Frank should told the story of his company in 1945
Thank you for your courtesy, Ralf. As a retired officer, I'm now just another proud US citizen who appreciates efforts like yours to foster relationships between our two fine nations. My combat engineer company was 192 men strong, including one captain and four lieutenants. We were also at Wissen on the sieg river. Attached draft chapters about the Remagen Bridgehead and the Ruhr Pocket describe our actions.
I have had a successful life in the US Army Corps of Engineers, rising to Lieutenant General directly in charge of the 26 Army schools training all officers and men and developing Army doctrine and weapon requirements. After commanding the 78th Division's Engineer battalion in Berlin for a year, I was called back to the US in 1946 to participate for four years in our military's taking over the atom bomb from scientists returning to private endeavors. I served later as a combat engineer in the Korean War, and then in the Vietnam War where I developed the "McNamara Line" of obstacles and sensors across the north of South Vietnam, I also served several times in the Pentagon developing tactical nuclear strategy for the Army and then for Secretary McNamara, and ultimately as Director for Military Applications for the Atomic Energy Commission, leading Los Alamos, Sandia, and Livermore Laboratories and US nuclear weapon production facilities. After retiring, I directed collection of national intelligence for a while and then became a Presidential Appointee in the newly formed Federal Emergency Management Agency where I led planning for Civil Defense, Continuity of Government, the National stockpile, and Mobilization for War. Since retiring in 1981, I've devoted myself to pro bono projects, to include ten years developing a highly successful, retirement community here for military officer families using no Federal funds, developing an Alumni Center at the US Military Academy,and building play castles with my grandsons.
General Frank Camm was my esteemed father. Desiring to fight beside him when I graduated from West Point, I requested assignment to the 78th Division, where he was an artillery colonel and I could serve beside him in the combat engineers - not under him raising concerns of favoritism. I had a number of interesting contacts with him in the division, but the only one at Remagen and the Ruhr concerned ferrying communication wire across the Rhine as mentioned in my Remagen chapter. He has left no diary or reminiscences of his World War II experiences.
Frank, we all have to thank you very much this greatfull and very detailed Report!