WWII Veteran & Malmedy Massacre survivor Harold Billow demos the fire arm simulator at Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA. Dog Tag Tours would love to take Harold back to the massacre site in Belgium but his health prevents him from making the journey, so we created “The Corporal Harold Billow Tour”… a special day for Harold to meet today’s soldiers and airmen in training at the facility. From his ride across campus in a Stryker to sitting in the cockpit of a Black Hawk, his smile grew wider and his salute grew stronger. He was thanked for his service, and in return, expressed gratitude and admiration to those now serving. At the close of his remarkable day, “Corporal” Billow was invited to the office of Brigadier General Carrelli, Adjutant General, PA National Guard. Harold presented a signed copy of “Fatal Crossroads” to General Carrelli, who accepted it on behalf of the Guard.
Billow is perhaps the last survivor of Battery B, 285 Field Artillery Observation Battalion, which was savagely attacked by an SS Panzer Division near an intersection in Malmedy, Belgium on December 17, 1944. The atrocity is known as the Malmedy Massacre. “Fatal Crossroads” by Danny Parker is Harold’s favorite narrative of the massacre.
Explore our 2017 tours that stop at the Malmedy Massacre Site, Museum and Memorial:
In the Footsteps of Major Dick Winters and
So Help Me God: The American Soldier Liberates Western Europe
Enjoy the slide show and captions (lower left of photos) of Harold’s great day!
Special thanks to SSG Mike Moy and LTC Dale Waltman for inviting, planning and hosting!