Meeting General George Patton

"We were free."

“We heard small arm fire over the hill and then a little bit later the tanks came across. This was the 29th of April and this was Patton and he came in and he was about the second tank. Fortunately, they came in and broke the gates down and put the flag up and I’ll tell you we cried, we cried. We saw it, we knew what it meant. It meant so much... [Patton] did a real quick inspection and in his high-pitched voice he said ‘men you’ve done a good job here’ and zoom – he took off and went onto something else and said we were free.” 

Editor’s Note: After liberation, Hicks was sent to Camp Lucky Strike in France where he stayed until after Germany surrendered on May 8th, 1945.