Letters, Jul. 11, 1949

The 4th at Rothenburg


Your very excellent article on John J. Mc-Cloy and ... his desire to spare the historic city of Rothenburg, Germany [TIME, June 20] brings to light a historical coincidence not generally known . . .

Mr. McCloy's service in France during World War I was with the artillery of the 4th Regular Army Division, and it was during this service that he saw and was so deeply impressed with the beautiful city of Rothenburg. What McCloy did not know in April 1945 was that it was his same old outfit, by sheer coincidence, that was preparing to capture Rothenburg...

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