THE RARE BREED |
Recognizing Area Veterans Of World War II
Ressler in Battle of Bulge;
with hospital unit in France
1945 in Brussels
A native of the Turtle Bay Community, where he was born 80 years ago this Friday (Aug. 16, 1922), John R. Ressler had graduated from Palacios High School in 1938 and was a 19-year-old Civil Service-employed carpenter at Camp Hulen on that fateful Dec. 7, 1941 date.
The son of Ira A. and Hazel Scott Ressler joined the civilian-soldier ranks when he was drafted into the Army on Nov. 28, 1942 at Houston.
After two years at Fort Sam Houston, Ressler went overseas, where he was stationed from November of 1944 until March of 1946 with a general hospital unit based at Reims, France.
He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, for which he earned a Battle Star.
Ressler returned to the States in March of 1946 and received his discharge from service with the rank of T-3. In August of that year, he met his future wife, Billie Cardwell, in Palacios.
The couple have two sons, Donald and Herbert of Palacios; and daughter, Suzanne, who resides in Pflugerville; and eight grandchildren.
JOHN and Billie Ressler on Palacios bayfront.
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