Major General Willard S. Paul
When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice
your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn
hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge." Your feats of
daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are
legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the
elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held
by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you
performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together.
-------Feb. 1, 1945 Headquarters 26th Infantry Division, W. S. Paul, Major General,
U.S. Army Commanding