Listen to this conversation with the remarkable, soon-to-be 102-year-old, Phil Horowitz, a lively and charismatic voice of history.
Born and raised in the Bronx, before moving to New Jersey chicken farm, Phil was drafted into the Army and served as an MP in Company C, 202nd Engineer Combat Battalion.
He was eye-witness to the World War II in New York, North African, Italy, France, and Germany. In New York, he investigated possible German sabotage of the SS Normandie and patrolled hydroelectric lines on the St. Lawrence River.
Overseas, his company landed in North Africa, then followed the infantry and set up military governments in liberated villages. He participated in the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, of Salerno in southern Italy in September 1943, and in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, on August 15, 1944.
He was part of the Seventh Army under General Alexander Patch. When they reached Nancy, France, Phil joined General Patton’s Third Army. Along the way, Phil saluted President Franklin Roosevelt, saw Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower, enjoyed an inspiring speech by General George Patton, and escorted lots of happy German and Italian POWs heading to peace and safety in POW camps.