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The local principal got him to come up there and then teachers started asking him to speak to their classes. The students are amazed and haven't seen many medals and artifacts like that. Baldwin was one of the 1st in Cannon Company to receive the Combat Infantryman's Badge [Annotator's Note: CIB]. Baldwin had a haircut and had gotten cleaned up and when they pinned his CIB on him. Alessi and Canterbury are 2 men that earned it, but were killed before they could receive it. He was 1 of the 1st in Cannon Company to receive it because his name starts with a B. General Hodges was the head General of the 2nd Infantry Division. He was next of command under General Bradley. Baldwin felt that General Bradley was the finest general that put on a uniform in WWII. He was head of the 1st Army and he and Patton loved each other like a sore thumb. They had no use for each other. They got the whole 38th Infantry Regiment together at 1 point. Patton got up and was letting vulgar words fly. Bradley asked him to tone it down and Patton wouldn't so Bradley threatened to kick him off the stage. Patton felt he could get a thousand men in a day, but couldn't always get a new tank. Patton told General Robertson what to do with his troops in France. Baldwin didn't care for him. He also notes that he was the only General in WWII with more than 2 stars that didn't get home. He wonders if there's something to that. Every once in a while The Stars and Stripes [US Armed Forces newpspaper] would give them a paper and it would keep the GIs informed as to what was going on. Other than that, they had no idea. People higher up or at home on a radio knew more of what was going on with the war then the men fighting did. Someone in the Company drew a funny cartoon of Baldwin and various men in Cannon Company digging foxholes or trying to get home. Baldwin never got to see General Eisenhower. He felt he was a good General up to the point of the Normandy Invasion. Baldwin felt that he could've avoided sending the 29th Infantry Division in; he could have saved a lot more lives. Baldwin felt he listened too much to Montgomery and felt pushed to invade after the British failure at Dunkirk. Baldwin feels like overall Eisenhower did a good job.

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