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from TRAVELING ON A WING AND A PRAYER by CORA ANN

Copyright © 2020 CORA ANN

I NEVER TOOK MY ARMY BOOTS OFF
Remembering Colonel William H. Berry

Colonel William Berry, Executive Officer

Executive Officer

to General Frederick J. Kroesen, the COMMANDER IN CHIEF (CINC)

UNITED STATES ARMY IN EUROPE (USAREUR)

Heidelberg, Germany



I was a Specialist Five in the Army working as an Army Stenographer for General Frederick J. Kroesen, the four-star Commander-in-Chief, United States Army Europe (CINCUSAREUR) in Heidelberg, Germany. 

One day, I went to the bank on Campbell Barracks to conduct some business. The bank was a quick walk from the Keyes Building where I worked. Before leaving the teller’s window, I counted the change she had given me and noticed that she had short-changed me by $20.00. I went back to her window and told her that she made a mistake. She insisted that she had given me the right change, but I knew she hadn’t. So rather than argue with her, I headed back to my office in a huff. I am not one to give up when I know I am right.

When I got back to my office, I sought help from the one officer who I trusted the most: Colonel William Berry. He was the Executive Officer to General Frederick J. Kroesen,

Colonel Berry was an intelligent, trusted, respected, and no-nonsense senior officer, who ran the CINC’s office like a tight ship. He exercised the diplomacy, tact, and serious leadership necessary for that prominent position. In one hand, he held a bit of wry humor and in the other, his proverbial whip for the strapha...






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