FORGOTTEN BY THE BRASS – GI’S ON THE STILLWELL ROAD ARE OVERLOOKED BY THE ARMY

Dear YANK:

Our organization has been on the Stillwell Road for more than two years, and much of that time was spent driving the point through swamps and jungles. At times it was necessary to air-drop food, fuel and medical supplies, especially when we opened the trail from Warazup to Mogaung and Myitkyina to enable tanks to reach the fighting front. Adverse weather and living conditions exposed the men to sickness and injuries. Some of them will be handicapped for life. The mission completed, there was much fanfare and ballyhoo and pictures were flashed the world over.



Then came the recommendations for awards to the real heroes of the struggle. These recommendations were submitted prior to VE-Day and that extra five points could have been used to good advantage by many men who missed rotation by one month.

The brass who were familiar with our achievements jumped a plane for Shangri-La without giving favorable consideration to these recommendations, and consequently an unfavorable indorsement from next-highest Headquarters, dated 22 August 1945, was received stating that three officers familiar with the facts should approve and add more pertinent data. Road Headquarters was disbanded 1 July 1945 and there is no one to help these men receive their just awards.

IF paper weights have too much work to attend to such matters, they should go on 24-hour operations as the engineer units did while building the road. The brass made sure their awards came through and they ranged from Distinguished Service Medals down, but the men—ah, why do they need a medal?

Please excuse my nosing in on the GIs’ publication, but it’s the only way I know to put across the point. The awards should be given consideration, but we are hog-tied. AS I have a little tin on my shoulders, it is requested that the name be withheld if my gripe finds its way into your publication.

—(Officer’s Name Withheld) Burma, India

trucks ledo road stillwell road

American trucks drive on the Ledo Road. Open from India into Burma.



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One thought on “FORGOTTEN BY THE BRASS – GI’S ON THE STILLWELL ROAD ARE OVERLOOKED BY THE ARMY

  • Bill Getz says:

    Most all gave some, some gave all, not all received due recognition other than the self-satisfaction of having served their country in time of need. For many that was enough.

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