OTD: 82nd Airborne Division counter attack in the Battle of the Bulge.

#onthisday and at this time in 1944, the first men of the 82nd Airborne Division (which including Saratoga’s Art Traver) arrived to Belgium counter attack in the Battle of the Bulge. 
On 16 December 1944, the Germans launched a surprise offensive through the Ardennes Forest, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge. 
On 18 December 1944, the 82nd Airborne Division was ordered to move to the vicinity of Webermont, Belgium with the monumental task of holding key terrain points and counterattacking to stem the breakthrough by German Armored and Infantry forces in this sector. 
During this “Battle of the Bulge”, the Traver’s Battalion was part of a successful effort to halt the German thrust and fired more than 18,900 rounds. It was for the success of their effort that the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were awarded the Fourragere 1940 by the King of Belgium. 
Arthur Traver was born to a farm family living on Burke Road in the Town of Saratoga. His mother, Mary Morehouse Traver was described as “a person with high ideals for herself, her family, and her community” passed away when Traver was 6 years old. His father, Humphrey Travers raised him and his brothers and sisters while running the family farm. 
It is this early life experience of hardship and hard work that had an indelible impact on Traver’s commitment to his community and country. Arthur Traver was drafted into the US Army. He served in the 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division during WW II. He fought in Italy, Normandy D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and Battle of the Bulge. 
When he returned home from the War, he married Marie Hutchinson. He joined the Quaker Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He served the community in the fire department for 64 years and held various positions including Fire Chief. After the War, Traver started a 25 year career driving a school bus for the Schuylerville Central Schools. 
You can learn about Arthur Traver by visiting http://ift.tt/299E8LC 
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like Arthur Traver that help define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.
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