11-11-2014 - My Favorite Vet. Dad (11/22/1924 - 07/07/2012). He served in WWII. He was and forever will be a member of the 3rd Infantry, 7th Infantry Regiment, Company C. He served in Africa, Italy and France. This unit fought at Anzio and then landed in Southern France in Aug 1944. (The 7th Infantry Regiment were known as the "Cotton Balers". This unit is a descendant of a unit that fought at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 and they used cotton bales to fortify their position. He tells me there is a memorial in France referencing the Cotton Balers) He was awarded the Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, The Croix De Guerre, 2 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.