9: October-December, 1944
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Oct. 1st - We are still receiving a small amount of enemy artillery and considerable
mortar fire. Our artillery has pounded targets in and around Aachen all day. Col. Seitz
and Lt Col Pace visited the CP this afternoon. The weather was cloudy and rainy. Cas: 1
Oct. 2nd - Last night Jerry gave us a little entertainment over a loud speaker set up
near the line. They played a couple of pieces of American music and told us we should not
shell the people of Aachen. Our applause was in the form of an artillery barrage laid on
Aachen for about an hour. Jerry mortars are still shelling our area. The weather is still
rainy and cloudy. Cas: 2 WIA 1 malaria, 2 abs sk.
Oct 3rd - Routine patrols and artillery are still the only activity in our sector. It
rained all day today and observation has been very limited. Cas: 1 WIA, 6 abs sk.
Oct 4th - Co L sent out a recon patrol to investigate some houses at 845415, this
morning. The patrol was pinned down by machine gun and rifle fire and forced to disperse
and return singly. 4 of the men are still missing. A patrol from L Co went out in the
evening but was unable to locate the missing men. A combat patrol from Co K went out to
837418 and met resistance from mortars and machine guns. they reported the location and
asked for artillery. Col Seitz visited the CP this morning. The weather is still rainy.
Cas: 1 abs sk, 1 malaria.
Oct 5th - There has been a few of our planes strafing and bombing near Aachen today,
also Jerry planes over our position several times. A combat patrol left Co K this morning
proceeded to a point at 833408 from where they were able to observe an anti-tank gun and
several machine guns at 834412. A recon patrol from L Co left at 1800 hrs, they went as
far as 855415 where they encountered a Jerry guard mount. They killed one sentry and
returned without losing any men. The weather is clear and it is not quite so muddy. Cas: 4
MIA, 3 abs sk, 3 mal.
Oct 6th - Our planes were active over Aachen again today. Routine recon patrols from
all companies went out and drew enemy fire. Mortar and artillery continued to shell our
area. The weather was sunny and warm. Cas: NONE.
Oct. 7th - Artillery barrages are still heavy over Aachen. All of our companies sent
out recon patrols which returned before 2100 hrs. They all met with enemy fire before
going a couple of 100 yds in front of their position. Our artillery laid a heavy
concentration from 2100 to 2400 hrs. in preparation for an early morning attack. The
weather is clear and warm. Cas: were 2 WIA, 1 abs sk.
Oct 8th - Co L moved forward approximately 300 yds after a heavy shelling by our
artillery during the night and early morning. One platoon met heavy resistance at 843413
where they took over Jerries outpost which was their mission. This platoon took 24
prisoners. The attack was a diversion attack to cover a larger push made by the 18th Inf.
After setting up the company CP in one of the houses at 856414 voices were heard upstairs
saying Yah Yah, and Nix, Nix. A burst of AP from one of our tanks shot thru the top of the
house brought down 2 Jerries. A total prisoners for the day were 33. These were from the
352nd Regt. of 211th Div. and the 365th Convalescent Bn. I Co sent a patrol to 840411 that
met with heavy machine gun fire. One man was wounded. Co K sent men to 836405 and set up a
listening post but the results were negligible. The bn. received 1 sgt and 29 privates as
replacements. The weather is still clear but somewhat cooler. Cas: 2 mal., 2 abs sk, 1
neurotic, 9 WIA, 1 KIA.
Oct 9th - Artillery is still falling in our area and a few Jerry planes are over our
position today. Co L is stabilizing its new position. 4 men of Co L were killed today due
to a misfire of a Jerrie mortar they were firing. The weather is still clear and sunny.
Cas: 4 KIA, 2 mal. 1 abs sk.
Oct l0th - The bn. less Co L moved forward today to start the attack on Aachen. We
moved out at 1245 hrs in the following order: Co I, K, M, and Hq Co. We reached our
assembly point in Ellendorf at 1630 hrs and went into the attack. The companies reached
their objective at 1830 hrs after encountering considerable mortar and small arms fire.
Approximately 40 prisoners were taken. Regt. Anti-tank platoon, the atch'd engrs and our
anti tank platoon spent the night carrying water and rations to our companies because our
vehicles could not cross the swampy ground enroute. The weather was cloudy and rainy. Cas:
Oct llth - This morning we received heavy mortar and some artillery firs. Our dive
bombers and artillery have shelled until a heavy haze practically covers the town. Routine
patrols probe the territory in front of their positions at dusk. Prisoners were still
being brought in a total of 105 today. It cleared in the early part of the day but was
cloudy and light showers during the night. Cas: 12 WIA, 1 Concussion.
Oct 12th - We moved out at 1000 hrs. Co K led the attack to the factory district
followed by the Command Group, Co's I M and Hq Co. Resistance was quite stiff especially
from mortars and machine guns. The CP did not move forward until 1500 hrs when the line
companies had reached their objective. Total prisoners taken were 125. We setup our CP at
858445.(Map of Aachen 1/25,000) in a factory building. Today has been another warm sunny
day but it is cloudy and unsettled tonight. Casualties were 11 WIA, 1 KIA, 2 abs sk, and 9
MIA. L Co joined the bn. at 2200 hrs.
Oct 13th - The bn. moved out in the attack at 1000 hrs with Co I on the right, Co K on
the left and Co L in support. Both companies met stiff resistance from snipers and machine
gun fire. Co K encountered one 75mm anti-tank gun. At 1500 hrs Co L was committed on the
south of Julicha street, they met heavy small arms fire. We were unable to accomplish our
mission which was to take observatory hill. We put out security for the night with orders
to continue the attack at 0630 hrs in the morning. Fighting is from house to house and
casualties for the enemy were very heavy. The CP for the night was located in a house at
854442, The weather is clear and cool. Cas: 4 KIA, 15 abs sk. 14 WIA, 1 malaria, and 1
Oct 14th - At 0630 hrs this morning the bn. resumed their attack toward observatory
hill. Sgt. Dobel of Co K who was acting platoon leader showed conspicuous gallantry by
leading his company through the attack area. In this section Sgt, Dobel was wounded in the
arm and his runner was killed. Two of the tanks atch'd to Co K were knocked out by Jerry
bazooka guns. The crew of the third tank, which was following these 2 was forced to leave
their tank however. Sgt. Wise and Pvt. Brown of Co K succeeded in reaching the tank and
manning the machine gun. They then drove the tank back to a better position though neither
had ever driven a tank before. Lt Baldwin was wounded today and evacuated by the Jerries
to one of their hosp. This hosp. was captured by 2nd Bn. and it was discovered that the
wound had caused the Lt's death. Co L captured one Jerry company intact. It consisted of
27 EM 3 NCO's and one officer. Our CP is now set up at 847437 and observatory hill is
taken except for a small section on the left flank. The weather is still clear and cool.
Today and yesterday we have taken a total of 265 prisoners. Cas: 4 abs sk, 1 malaria, 25
WIA, 6 KIA.
Oct 15th - At 1030 hrs this morning Co L received a push from the enemy on their left
flank. Our outpost was pushed back by enemy tank and infantry however they were not able
to break the lines. At 1530 hrs we received a general attack on all fronts by an estimated
Inf. bn. and 6 tanks. By 1630 hrs we had the attack stopped and had inflicted a great many
casualties and knocked out one enemy tank. Lt. Vanderstop was wounded in this action. Sgt.
Tomasco, acting platoon leader, of Co L and Sgt. Wise were particularly outstanding in
this show displaying brilliant qualities of leadership. PFC Short of Co K single handedly
held off a strong push against his company. Prisoners for the day were 5. The weather was
rainy, and cloudy. Cas: 26 WIA,
2 KIA, 6 abs sk, and 4 neurotic.
Oct 16th - The bn has been under heavy mortar fire today. Several probing attacks were
made on tower hill by the enemy, however, they were not very strong and the enemy did not
manage to break our line. Captain Chaplin of L Co was killed by a mortar burst and Lt.
Shepard assumed command of the company. Most of the day has been spent reorganizing our
companies, and consolidating our positions. The weather was still somewhat rainy and
generally cloudy. Total prisoners for the day were 6. Cas: 6 KIA, 39 WIA, 15 Combat
Fatigue, 9 abs sk.
Oct 17th - The enemy has not been very active today, however, he has kept close contact
at our outpost. At 1600 hrs the observation tower we were using was knocked down by a
shell from a self-propelled gun. Heavy mortar fire fell in our area all day. At 1000 hrs
Gen Rose and Lt Col Hogan of the 3rd Armored Div. visited the CP. Also Col. Seitz. At 1500
hrs Gen Huebner and Col Seitz visited the Bn. Prisoners for the day were 11. The weather
was still rainy toward evening. Cas: 2 KIA, 10 WIA, 6 abs sk, 7 Combat Fatigue, and 2
Oct 18th - At 0630 hrs Co K and I began attacking with Co L in reserve. The attack was
supported by a self-propelled 155 mm gun. This was used to fire direct fire down Rolan St.
on Kurhaus and Palace Hotel. The attack moved rapidly until 1050 hrs. and by then both
companies had reached their objectives. The Palace proved to be a large food store house
and the Hq's of 243rd Inf. Div. Two SS Lt's were captured in this push. Total prisoners
captured 135. The weather is still rainy and cool. Cas: 2 KIA, 19 WIA, 1 NP, 1 abs sk.
Oct 19th - Co L led the attack this morning pushing forward at 0630 hrs to take
Salvatore hill. At 0800 hrs Co I pushed down Ludwig Alley. The attack was supported by a
155 mm rifle and moved rapidly until 1100 hrs. By 1500 hrs the 2 companies had taken their
objective. The enemy threw considerable mortar and tank fire. At 1500 hrs the CP displaced
forward to 840441. From 2200 to 2300 hrs the enemy threw an artillery barrage into town
from outside our encirclement. Gen. Rose of the 3rd Armored visited the CP at 0800 hrs
today. Total prisoners: 52. Cas: 17 WIA, 2 KIA, 7 abs sk, 2 malaria.
Oct 20th - At 0730 hrs this morning Co's K and L began the attack. The attack moved
slowly due to heavy mortar fire and also direct fire from enemy tank which was firing down
Ludwig Alley. At 1200 hrs Co I was committed to speed the taking of our objective for the
day. The TD unit succeeded in driving off the enemy tank. Gen Huebner visited our CP
today. Total prisoners: 53. The weather was still cool with occasional showers. Cas: 5
malaria, 2 abs sk, 2 KIA, 32 WIA, 1 SIW.
Oct 21st - Co's I, K, and L began the attack at 0730 hrs. At 1100 hrs Co. I reported a
group of 300 Jerries coming down the road. It had been reported to Capt. Botts by two
American Engineers, who had been captured by the Germans, that the German Commander, Col.
Wilcks, wanted to surrender. The group of Jerries surrendered and Capt. Botts proceeded to
the bunker in which the Jerries had his headquarters for all German forces in Aachen and
returned to our CP with Col. Wilcks and his staff. Col Corley demanded an unconditional
surrender and at 1000 hrs the formal surrender was signed. Col Wilcks brought all of his
troops that were to contact with him and Lt Reynolds with the German Staff Off. went out
and brought in 175 soldiers with whom Col Wilcks had no communications. Before leaving our
CP, Col Wilcks was permitted to address his troops. This was completed and the final phase
of the battle for Aachen. At 1600 hrs the battalion moved to the outer edge of Aachen and
set up the CP at 855405. Hot chow was served for the 1st time in 10 days. Throughout the
Aachen drive Capt. Botts has shown his ability as a courageous leader in quickly taking
the objectives that were assigned to him and his company. Total prisoners: 1391. The
weather was clear and cool. Cas: 2 malaria, 3 abs sk, 11 WIA, 3 KIA.
RECAPTURED AMERICAN SOLDIERS by the 3rd Bn.
The following is a list men captured by the enemy and recaptured by the 3rd Bn. on 21
Co I 119th 30th Div
Phillips, H. W. T/Sgt 20361457
Henderson, R. P. Sgt. 352496657
Bray, W. V. Pvt. 37635144
Howard, B. L. " 36763154
James, L. T. " 36958908
Wood, D. R. " 35249335
Schroeder, W. " 42091378
Macielak, W. A. " 35098291
RECAPTURED AMERICAN SOLDIERS by the 3rd Bn. continued
Lovell, J.W. Pvt. 38692057
Kaminske, J. F. " 31456826
Kelly, H. L. " 33848372
Osburg, M. O. " 36834028
Peterson, A. E. " 35919332
Shipley, Marvin L. 1st Lt. 01291021
238th B. Co. Eng.
Haswell, Boswell J. B. Sgt. 6289448
Padgett, E. M. S/Sgt 34538197
Hq. Co. 3rd Bn. 119th Inf.
??lucki, C. J. PFC 32747158
Lang, W. J. " 33301994
Mucciante, M. M. " 35515575
I Co 26th Inf. 1st Division
Gilbert, S. Sgt. 12080908
Panik, P. R. PFC 20514327
Kintol, M. K. " 34851948
Schreiber, G. F. " 35593485
Trzaska, J. S. Pvt 32093567
Krieber, L. " 12060538
K Co 2nd Bn., 26th Inf.
Drendlaw, R. Pvt 37588487
Hoyt, C. Q. " 36903222
Anti-Tank Co. 26th Inf.
Krimmil, W. C. PFC 12123628
DIGEST OF COL. WILCK'S SPEECH TO THE GERMAN SOLDIERS
Dear German Soldiers:
I am speaking to you at a painful moment. I was forced to surrender because we ran out
of ammunition, food and water. I saw that the further fight was worthless. I was acting
against my orders, I was supposed to fight to the last man. At this time I have to remind
you, that you are German soldiers, and please, behave as such. I also wish you the best of
health, and a fast return to your Fatherland after the ceasing of hostilities and to help
rebuild Germany. I was refused by the American authorities to give a "Seig Heil"
and "Heil Hitler", but we can still do it in our minds.
Oct. 22nd - The day has been spent in cleaning the German Barracks we moved into
yesterday. It is quite near us but we are still able to hear the large gun of units
fighting outside of Aachen. The weather was nice today - clear and sunny. Cas: were 3 abs
sk, 2 malaria.
Oct 23rd - Today we setup a portable shower and the men are cleaning up generally. We
have the opportunity to see a movie in our area today. At 1700 hrs we had rifle
inspection. Lt. Condon of 7th Corps visited our CP today. Cas: 1 abs sk, 1 Off. and 7 EM
were permitted to visit Paris for 3 days.
Oct 24th - At 1230 hrs today our bn. moved a short distance to another group of German
barracks (coordinates 871412 map of Aachen). Several men from each company were allowed
passes to division rest area and a few from each company given passes to Paris. The
afternoon was spent cleaning the barracks and making them livable. The weather was warm
and sunny. Casualties were 3 abs sk and 2 malaria.
Oct 25th - The men have spent the day doing routine camp duties. At 1630 hrs we had
rifle inspection. The weather was clear and sunny. Cas: 4 abs sk and 2 malaria.
Oct 26th - Most of the day has been devoted to routine camp duties. We were given the
opportunity to see a movie in camp today. More men were allowed 36 hour passes to the
division rest camp. The weather was still nice except for light rain in the evening. Cas:
6 abs sk.
Oct 27th - We are still following routine camp procedure. The weather is clear and
cool. Cas: 6 abs sk.
Oct 28th - The men are still enjoying passes to the rest camp and a few to Liege. We
had a rifle inspection this morning and a few camp details to carry on our regular
routine. Cas: 4 abs sk.
Oct 29th - At approximately noon time today our bn. began relieving 2nd Bn. of 26th
Inf., who were on line in the vicinity of Verlautenheide, (855454 map of Aachen). The 81
and 60 mm mortar pltns. effected their relief at 0900 hrs. The rifle companies and heavy
machine guns of Co M infiltrated to their new positions beginning at 1700 hrs. The relief
was effected without serious incident of casualties to either bn. We set up our CP at
845453. The weather is still cool but rather hazy. Cas: 2 abs sk and 1 off. abs sk.
Oct. 30th - We have now taken over 2nd Bn. positions and are receiving considerable
mortar and artillery shells in our area. Co I sent a patrol to 893452 at 1730 hrs to
investigate the woods and main road. They did not encounter any enemy activity so returned
through B***(K?) Co. The weather is cool and hazy. Cas: 1 abs sk.
Oct 31st - Co I sent another patrol to 893452 again at 1600 hrs this morning. They went
through I Co outpost and SE along the main road. No information was gained so at 1715 hrs
this patrol was made again by Co I. This patrol reported 5 Germans at 893452 and heard the
voices of several others. They returned without drawing fire. Mortar and artillery
continue to shell our position. Some direct fire from enemy tanks fell near the CP. Cas: 3
Nov 1 - At 0600 hrs this morning the 3rd pltn. of Co I attacked a group it houses at
891452. After taking 3 of these houses they were stopped by heavy mortar and machine fire.
They consolidated their position and remained for the balance of the day. At 1600 hrs the
pltn. re-attacked the same group of houses but were halted by machine gun fire coming from
slits out in the cellars of houses. Our AP pltn. went into position with their flame
thrower which failed to function causing the whole attack to be stalemated. During the
night the enemy and the men of I Co continued to exchange bazooka fire and hand and rifle
grenades at a distance of approximately 30 yds from basements of houses. From 2200 to 2400
hrs the bn, received heavy fire from 150 mm long range artillery. Cas: 1 KIA, 8 WIA, 2 abs
Nov 2 - The attack continued this morning with Co I trying to advance at 0400 hrs. On
the right of the road of the 3rd pltn. gained one house but were driven out of one on the
left side of the road. The enemy then drove our men out of the house they had gained with
small arms fire, grenades and bazooka fire. Our enveloping force moving to the right was
stopped by heavy machine gun and rifle fire. We then received orders to hold our present
position rather than try to enlarge it. The quinx area was outposted with 2 squads of men.
Very light mortar fire was received during the fight. Cas: 9 abs sk, 1 WIA.
Nov 3rd - Co I began firing their mortars at dawn this morning. All day our bn. area
received fire from 120mm mortars and 150 mm artillery. At 1630 hrs the TD's with Co. L
fired 30 rds. at pill boxes in front of their positions. This firing was followed by an
artillery and mortar barrage from the enemy during which Lt Eagan of Co L was killed by
mortar fire. The loss of Lt Eagan who made Oran invasion with us, felt very keenly
throughout the bn. The night was quiet except for a few Jerry planes overhead. Cas: 1 KIA,
5 WIA, 3 malaria and 5 abs sk.
Nov 4 - An enemy patrol tried to cross in front of Co L's pltn this morning but was
driven back by our small arms fire. It has been a quiet day except for very little
artillery and mortar fire. Cas: 3 abs sk.
Nov 5th - Patrols went out from each company today in front of their positions to get a
prisoner. Those from Co's K and L contacted the enemy in a small arms skirmish and the
patrol Co has one man missing. A small amount of mortar and artillery fire fell over our
position today. Cas: 11 abs sk, 2 WIA.
Nov 6th - Today has been a relatively quiet day in position. Some direct fire from 88's
and a small amount of fire from 150 mm fell in the bn. area. At 2200 hrs we were notified
of a possible move tomorrow. Cas: 11 abs sk, 2 WIA.
Nov 7th - At 0800 hrs the AP pltn. left the rear CP for our new position area. At 1410
hrs the first units of the bn were relieved by the 3rd bn. 18th Inf. and by 2400 hrs the
bn. had completed its move to the barracks that we formerly occupied south of Aachen, a
distance of 5 miles. We bedded down for the night expecting to move out again in the early
morning. Cas: were none.
Nov 8th - At 0845 hrs our billeting detail moved out followed by our line companies at
0930 hrs. The order of march was Co's L, I, K, M, and Hq's. We detrucked at the town of
Gurefall and marched to our new area (98003835 map of Stolberg). the move was completed by
1230 hrs. The distance traveled was approximately 8½ miles. Cas: 6 abs sk.
Nov 9th - Today we spent in the usual camp routine. The men have dug foxholes and
covered them, camouflaged our vehicles, and constructed a CP and aid Station. The weather
has been damp and cold for the last few days and we now have a thin covering of snow over
the ground. Cas: 10 abs sk, 3 off. abs sk and 1 WIA.
Nov 10th - Men of the Bn attended mass and Protestant services during the morning. The
weather is still rainy and our area is very muddy. Usual camp routine has been followed
during the balance of the day. Cas: 5 abs sk, 1 WIA.
Nov 11th - We have been doing usual camp duties today. In the afternoon we set up
showers and the men cleaned up. The weather is still cold and rainy. Col. Seitz visited
the CP in the afternoon. Cas: 3 malaria and 3 abs sk.
Nov 12th - The Bn. has followed camp schedule today. The weather is still cold and
rainy and it is very muddy underfoot. Bn. received 53 replacements today. Cas: 1 SIW, 1
malaria, and 10 abs sk.
Nov 13th - The men spent the day building walks of logs also shelter. Usual camp duties
for the bn. Bn received 3 more replacements. A light snow fell today and it is still
cloudy. Cas: 1 abs sk, 1 mal.
Nov 14th - We are still doing routine details around the camp. At 1530 hrs we had a
foot inspection. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Cas: 9 abs sk.
Nov 15th - This has been another day of routine camp details. Col. Seitz and Gen Taylor
visited the CP in the middle of the of the afternoon. At 1500 hrs we had a rifle
inspection. The weather has cleared somewhat but it is still very muddy. Cas: 5 abs sk and
Nov 16th - At 1115 hrs today American and British Bombers along with fighter bombers
and escort planes bombed enemy territory north and NE of our positions. This mission was
supposed to be carried out by a group of 2000 planes. It is the beginning of the Allied
drive to Cologne and the Rhine. H hr was set at 1245 hrs and at that time our 2nd bn.
pushed forward toward their objective #1 which is brushland in the vicinity of Schonthal,
Ger. We are moving in a column of bn. and our bn is in regimental reserve. We are now on a
45 minute alert to be prepared to assist in 2nd bn. if necessary or pass through them to
objective #3. Our mission as a division in this attack is to the east is to seize the
crossing of the Ruhr river north of Duren. Our 16th Inf. is on our right with the 18th in
reserve. We spent the afternoon preparing to move. The weather is clear and it is
beginning to dry a little. Cas: 6 abs sk and 1 malaria.
Nov 17th - The bn. moved forward at 1045 hrs and arrived on checkpoint 1(031422) at
1200 hrs, distance covered 4000 yds. Rear command group arrived at 994395 at 100 hrs. All
units were dug in and camouflaged by 1600 hrs. Later hot chow was served. Weather clear
and cool. Cas: 1 WIA, 3 abs sk, and 1 SIW.
Nov 18th - The bn. is alerted for the attack at 1045 hrs. The order of march, thru LD,
is K Co left flank, L Co on right flank, and I Co covering road, Command Group and M Co.
Resistance encountered thru checkpoints, 32(026433) was light from small arms, but mortar
and artillery fire was heavy. The roads were well covered by enemy making it almost
impossible to keep telephone with forward CP. At one time 32 breaks were repaired in the
line by one wire crew. All messages were transmitted by radio. The rear CP moved up to
checkpoint 1(013422) at 1230 hrs, upon arrival it was severely shelled by enemy artillery,
casualties incurred. Lt Hoh had to move his Medical Aid Station to Schevenhutte (007416)
because it was convenient locality. 3 M29 vehicles were assigned to this bn. for
transportation on the present muddy roads. Cas: 1 malaria, 1 WIA, abs sk 3, SIW 1.
Nov 19th - The attack was continued at 1300 hrs thru LD (026433) Laufenberg Castle at
1630 hrs. The swamp buggies had a 2 fold mission, on trips to forward CP they transported
ammunition water, and C rations; on the return journey they evacuated wounded to rear
medical stations. This operation was carried on under heavy enemy artillery and large
caliber mortar fire, zeroed in on the road. Cas: 26 WIA, 10 abs sk, 10 NP. Altogether
there were 82 evacuations. Weather continued rain and cold. Lt Yelverton, K, Lt Ratchford,
K, Lt Key, M, Lt Chancey, I, Lt Cook, L, Lt Phillips, M; the forenamed officers were
Nov 20th - The bn. moved forward continuing the attack at 1400 hrs from (028439).
Artillery and mortar fire was heavy as the troops made their drive. At 1700 hrs they
accomplished the objective on checkpoint 61 (031445) a distance of 800 yds. Enemy
artillery fell in and around both forward and rear CP's. Cas: 20 WIA, 12 abs sk, 8 NP.
Weather continued rain. Lt Buck wounded but not evacuated.
Nov 21st - All companies made slight gains to improve their position by dispersing
pltns, security the main object in shifting about. Cas: KIA 1, WIA 14, abs sk 12, NP 8.
Nov 22nd - All companies improved their positions. The CP was built up in a creek bed
and logs were fell across the bed. This provided ample protection from shells bursting
close to CP. K Co sent a patrol out to contact the enemy. The patrol received small arms
fire. There were 77 replacements and 4 officers assigned to the Bn today. The following is
the break down to each company: Hq 1, I 20, K 23, L 20, and M 13; Officers Lt Meyers, K,
Lt Elsen I, Lt Mosias K, Lt Leslie I. All replacements kept in field train until needed.
Present position heavily shelled. Cas: WIA 52, KIA 3, Lt Meyer WIA Lt Goodrich and Lt
Chafin KIA as of the 21st of Nov. Rear CP move to Schevenhutte (607416) on the main route
for the bn. Forward CP heavily shelled the next morning at 0415 hrs. Capt. Botts assumed
command of K Co.
Nov 23rd - At 0945 hrs the bn. made another attack from (031445) and at 1030 hrs
reached point 400 yds North of checkpoint 59(028453). They were still in the attack and by
1600 hrs another message transmitted to rear CP stated, "On objective" which was
ridge thru BM 264 overlooking the Cologne Plain. There were 35 replacements assigned to
the following companies, I 35, K, 15, Cas: WIA 24, abs sk 5, NP 8.
A word in passing that today was Thanksgiving Day a great national holiday at home.
Turkeys were supplied to kitchens but were not served. Later when situation permits we
shall have a good feast.
Nov 24th - The bn. is in a defensive position and fortifications are being
strengthened. An artillery OP which overlooks the enemies position from an excellent
vantage point spotted enemy artillery batteries. Upon completion of fire mission, the
results were 4 batteries put out of action. Observation of enemy positions is excellent.
The weather permitted the Air Force to dive bomb and strafe enemy positions in our sector.
In order to improve telephone communications a 12 drop switchboard was transported this
morning to forward CP. The supply sergeants issued each man a pair of new socks and the
dirty socks were returned to be washed by the QM Laundry. This afternoon Sgts Mosely and
Nestor returned from Danger Base after taking final physical examination for battlefield
promotions to the rank of 2nd Lt. Col Seitz visited the bn. Commander to discuss future
operations. The blue 2 jeep returned after being repaired by ordnance. A new motor was
installed which makes the 2nd ¼ ton vehicle within a week sent to ordnance for a new
motor. Interdictory artillery fell upon the bn. The telephone line to forward CP was in
contact for the most part today. Blue 1 has been at the regt CP also at the field train
allocation replacements, the data which follows: I 20, E 24,.Hq 8, M 1, also 8 officers
were assigned; Capt. Fielder F. Fair K, 1st Lt. Eugene M. Alder L, 1st Lt Edward R
Costello K, 2nd Lt William R Johnson I, 2nd Lt Jack W. Lewis K, and Lt Gray transferred
from I to K. Cas: WIA 8, abs sk 12, KIA 2. Lt Mortimer I and Lt. Costello K. Weather cool
and clear today, 5 prisoners were captured.
Nov 26th - The bn. remains in defensive position, and strengthening of fortifications
has been continued because of the increase in enemy mortar and artillery fire. There has
been an increase of small arms fire from the left flank of the fire break and a pltn. of
1st Recon. has been employed to cope with the situation. Decoy White and 1st Bn. of the
26th have tied in with our left and right flanks respectively, making them more secure. An
M 29 swamp buggy, and medical ¼ ton vehicle were ambushed near the entrance of the
firebreak. Reports are not clear as to the results of the ambush. In the afternoon the
P-47's dive bombed and strafed enemy positions on the plains in front of the bn. sector.
Replacements were assigned to the following Co's I 16, K 15, L 15, Lt Ruby from abs sk to
duty K Co. The forward aid station was hit by artillery and 2 casualties reported. Cas: 14
WIA, 1 NP, 12 abs sk, 1 SIW, Pvt Robert F Hargett, prisoner taken: 1 off, and 3 EM.
Nov 27th - Bn continued its present position (defensive) for the earlier part of the
day. Section of enemy mortars laying a harassing barrage in and around CP was located by
observer of Cannon Company. After completing fire mission enemy mortar fire ceased. A
small amount of enemy artillery fell in and around our CP today. At 1500 hrs. the bn. out
for an attack on Junglesdorf, the LD 037456. Order of move L Co encountered small arms and
followed by enemy artillery fire. As L closed in on objective at 051468 at 1730 covering a
distance of 1500 yds. Forward elements of L & I Co consolidated on objective resisted
counterattack 0400 hrs. Lt Zollwag WIA, Capt Botts assumed command of I Co. Capt Fair
although wounded carried on. Cas: 11 abs sk, 2 NP, 25 WIA, and 1 SIW - Pvt Lawrence P.
Reese. Weather clear and cold.
Nov 28th - The bn. set another strong defensive position last night, and at 0930 hrs K
Co in position on the ridge overlooking Junglesdorf repulsed an attack. They drove up as
Love Co the OP and in line the combat that followed 2 TD's knockout. Later in the morning
the regt'l anti-tank pltn. attch'd to our bn. knockout a Mark IV tank at 1200 yds. By noon
the small arms and close-in fighting quieted, however the enemy shelled heavily the town
of Junglesdorf. At approximately 2000 hrs, K Co. reported the enemy tossing hand grenades
at position. At the same time the enemy movement was reported on the main road about 400
yards in front of our positions, and left flank. A fire mission was brought to bear on the
front while mortars covered the flanks. Cas: 12 WIA, 2 abs sk, 1 SIW S/Sgt Denmark.
Replacements as follows K-1, and 2 casuals to Hq Co. Weather cold and clear.
Nov 29th - The bn in its present defensive position strengthened and improved its front
and flanks. The morning a 12 man outpost from L Co returned after being cut off for 24
hrs. Enemy mortar and artillery fire continue to fall on our positions today. The enemy
moving NE away f rom Duren. The bn. fired their mortars and called for artillery
support as the weather gave clear visibility and numerous targets were spotted. The
turkeys could no longer be stored so the kitchen prepared sandwiches and made hot coffee
for the evening meal. There were replacements for K Co from 1st bn. and 2 casuals
assigned. One off. assigned to I Capt. Claude R. Croft. Cas: 6 WIA, 10 abs sk. Prisoners:
4, 1 wounded. Weather clear & cool
Nov 30th - The enemy probed the right flank position of K company at 1000 hrs. Mortar
fire was brought down upon them and repulsed their attack. At mid-day an OP observed enemy
foot troops marching in and vehicles bringing in fresh troops to support and hold present
position. All of this enemy activity was taken under artillery fire while mortars engaged
closer in targets. At 1630 hrs another enemy patrol engaged or contact with the right
flank of K Co. The 4.2 mortars and artillery under took fire mission making this patrol
withdraw from the flank.
A patrol from K Co went out to investigate enemy activity by locating fresh partially
dug fox holes. Enemy mortar and artillery fire fell on bn. position all day, this was an
increase over previous days. Relief of bn was delayed due to enemy artillery fire. Decoy
Red 18th Inf. lst Bn. began relieving us at 2100 hrs and at 0200 hrs, Dec lst the entire
bn was relieved. Thunderbolts were bombing and strafing enemy positions to our front. One
of our planes in its strafing run came too close to I Co position and one casualty was
reported. Weather clear and cool. Cas: 9 WIA, 2 KIA, 6 ab sk, 2 NP, and 1 SIW-Pvt.
Balchen. One replacement assigned to K Co transferred from Can. Co.
Dec 1st - Our bn. was relieved by Red Bn. of the 18th at 0200 hrs. Bn. withdrew back in
the area in which they were initially before attacking Junglesdorf. At 1115 hrs the bn.
had another mission of cleaning the woods to the east of our position from (042461) down
to (046454). The bn. scattered resistance. Enemy artillery and mortar fire was not as
heavy as in previous days. Cas: 3 ab sk, 5 WIA, 1 SIW.
Dec 2nd - The rear CP moved up to join in with the forward CP at 1000 hrs and at 1200
hrs the entire transmission was completed. L Co relieved G Co of the 26th after pushing
forward to the edge of the woods. The bn. is now to an assembly area to reorganize and
equip the troops. The position is one, located in the woods. Hot chow was served to all
companies less L Co, because of present status. Weather cloudy, rain, & cool. Cas: 10
ab sk, 4 WIA, Capt Faid hosp. CO of K Co.
Dec 3rd - Bn. underwent reorganization within companies. Supply sergeants were at the
companies to equip and supply troops with a change of socks and underwear. These dirty
clothes were sent to the QM laundry to be washed. V mail forms and Xmas Cards were issued
to the personnel. A few rds. of enemy mortar and artillery fell in our position. Cas: 5
WIA, 11 ab sk, Lt. Buck hosp. battle injury.
Dec 4th - The bn. is in its assembly area reorganizing the companies. Sgt. Vangsness,
1st Sgt of Hq Co transferred to Co L and the present major has taken over the vacancy in
addition to his other duties. Co L was alerted to move out and relieve Co G of the 26th at
1300 hrs. Later in the day Lt Korach, Blue 2 and the intelligence section were alerted to
move on a secret mission at 1700 hrs. German aircraft were over today, this makes the
second day successively that they have been over. Cas: ab sk 10, Weather clear &
Dec. 5th - Our bn. was alerted to move and relieved by Red Bn. of the 39th Inf. At 1100
hrs K Co the 1st company to be relieved, evacuated their positions completely at this hr.
At 1700 hrs. the bn. was entirely relieved. The personnel marched to an entrucking point 4
miles to the rear of our position. At this point trucks convoyed companies to ½ miles
east of Aubel, Belgium a distance of 25 miles (680354) sheet #70. Upon arrival guides
spotted the companies in their
proper areas. Hot coffee and sandwiches were served to troops after they were billeted.
The field train moved to our present area Aubel, Belgium. earlier in the day and able to
set up before troops arrived. Weather clear and cold. Cas: NONE.
Dec 6th - Today much administration work was carried on within the bn. Buildings and
sheltered were provided for troops sleeping outdoors, in order to keep them dry and warm.
Showers were located and a schedule was set up for the companies. Col Seitz visited the CP
this afternoon and the Bn. Commander guided him to positions of companies. Co. Commanders
meeting was held at 1230 hrs. to discuss bn. SOP and 30 day furloughs to USA for EM and
Off. Two men per company were submitted to regt. and these men were alerted to their
company areas. At 2200 hrs the list of names were returned to those to return home on
furlough. They were listed as follows: Captain Billings, T/Sgt Williams M Co. S/Sgt St.
Hilliare L Co., PFC Duda L Co., PFC Wood I Co, T/Sgt Halko Hq Co and T/Sgt Dobol L Co.
Weather: cold and rainy. Cas: Abs sk 1.
Dec 7th - The bn speeded up its efforts to carry out past administration and bring it
up to date. Further shower facilities were added where a soldier could obtain a clean
uniform after a refreshing shower. A group of men departed for the rest camp at Verviers,
a VII corps rest
camp, where they will receive clean clothes, clean web equipment, have their weapons
checked by ordnance, and whatever incidental can be accommodated. At 1225 hrs Maj Carney,
and S/Sgt Nagy Co M were alerted to go on 30 day furlough to USA. The Bn Commander
delivered a farewell speech to those men going on furlough before they departed on their
journey to USA. These particular men will be carried on DS in the morning report. At 1800
hrs Maj Rainey, the former Bn Surgeon visited the CP with Col Corley. The Col then retired
from the CP with the Maj. The men of the CP industriously worked clearing administration.
Lt. Korach became S-1, and Lt Ablenado S-2 within the bn. Cas: 2 ab sk, Weather rainy and
Dec 8th - This morning troops were shuttled to and from showers via Service Co trucks
attch'd to 3rd Bn. and by 1230 hrs the troops had clean appearances. Another roster was
drawn up for men going on pass to Verviers, 12 men per company plus Lt Vanderstolp and Lt
Unzicker. A roster was made for men to go on pass to Paris. Five men per co. plus the
following officers, Capt. Nachey, Lt. Korach, and Lt. Moh. Later in the morning officers
paid by an officer from Cn Co. The entire bn. transportation was washed by at the regt'l
wash racks upon completing this operation, they were wiped down with oil and greased. Wire
and radio equipment were checked and minor repairs were made. Cas: ab sk 4. 10 casuals
returned to their companies from hosp. 2 of which were from a replacement depot. Weather
rain and cold.
Dec 9th - Today the bn. enlisted men were paid for the month of Nov. Lt Elsen was agent
Off. The monies which the men desired to send home by PTA was collected. Then each co. PTA
Off. then over to Lt. Legow Bn PTA Off. There was an officers reception at Circle
Catholique 1600-1700 hrs. where color streamers were presented to Guide On of each company
for Africa, Sicily, and France. The Div C.O. Gen Huebner went down the ranks
congratulating each man for his leadership. Later in the evening a dance was held and
invitations were extended to each officer. Cas: ab sk 4, Weather snow.
Dec 10th - The Sunday schedule was followed throughout the bn. Church services were
held at Aubel by both Father Byrne and Chaplain Chase. The plans and training officer,
Capt. Botts and Col Corley discussed and drew up a training program for the following
week, based on the schedule set up at Regt. A CO meeting was held to consider the above
program. The men departed for Paris today, 5 men per company and Capt Nachey, Lt Korach,
and Lt Vanderstolp. Another trip promoted to Verviers, 12 men per company plus 2 officers.
Cas: 2 abs sk. Weather rain.
Dec 11th - A formation was held to present the Bn. Commander with 2 awards, one of
which was earned by the excellent record of the bn. The Col. told the men that he was very
proud to be wearing their medal, along with those he earned himself. In the speech he made
he expressed the desire for the men to do their job and do it well. Gen Huebner made the
presentation and a short speech. The companies retired from the formation after which they
began their training schedule. Cas: 8 ab sk, 2 malaria. Weather, intermittent rain.
Dec 12th - The normal training schedule was carried out, schools of various types were
held. This afternoon 30 men and 1 off. were awarded the bronze star by Col Seitz for
meritorious service. A roster was submitted to the CP for a rest at Verviers. The men are
being educated in the particular drills and use of weapons, both as a defensive and
offensive weapons. Weather cold and rain. Cas: 3 ab sk.
Dec 13th - The normal training schedule was carried out according to specific plans and
specialist schools were conducted. An NCO school was also conducted by Capt Botts, under
the guidance of Col Corley. 1st Sgts are bringing records up to date working on sick
records as the factor which lagged. Files of the CP are being checked, records destroyed
which are no longer required and new files started. Weather: Clear & Cold. Casualties
for today were: 7 absent sick.
Dec 14th - The 1st Sgt had a meeting this morning at Regt where specific instructions
were given to the men MR's and Sick Book Reports. Newspaper articles were also submitted
to the CP. These items were summaries of a mans past experiences in the Division. The
items were submitted to the Regt where they will be published to newspapers of a man's
hometown. The training program was carried out according to the specified program for the
day. Cas: 9 ab sk Weather: cold.
Dec 15th - Today men were presented with awards by the Regt'l C.O. Lt. Ablenado reading
the General Order and the Col making the presentation. The normal training program carried
out. The Communications pltn leader conducted a school on communications in the various
workings of the communications in the bn. The CP group had completed the filing of records
as the bn C.O. checked the files. A dental inspection was conducted by the dental surgeon
of the Regt. A night problem was carried out this evening by the letter companies. Cas: 1
ab sk. Weather: Cold and rain.
Dec 16th - The normal training continued today following out the training notes. Men
were permitted to go to Liege on pass this afternoon for the week-end, returning Sunday at
2100 hrs. At 2100 hrs.,we were notified that we were on one hr. alert. Preparations were
immediately made to move out. Cas: 2 ab sk. Weather clear and cold.
Dec 17th - At 0130 hrs we were alerted to move and billeting parties were instructed to
meet at the CP. Billeting party consisted of one officer and competent NCO per company;
shortly after the billeting party arrived at CP they were notified to depart for Regt.
with S-2 Lt Ablenado in command. Trans. arrived very near 0200 hrs, and by 0230 the men
were on trucks, ready to roll. Convoy moved out at the appointed hr with Lt Col Corley in
command of first MO and Capt Nachey in command of 2nd MO. The bn arrived at Camp Elsenborn
at 0200 hrs a distance of 33 miles. Enroute enemy airplanes dropped flares and
paratroopers, while considerable anti-aircraft fire opened on them. The convoy halted for
a few minutes and all lights were turned off. From this point the vehicles moved forward
without lights. Upon arriving at the assembly area men were billeted. At 1330 hrs the bn
moved out on trucks for approximately 3 miles and at this point detrucked, marching about
1 mile securing Butgenbach at 1500 hrs, establishing a CP at this town. Later moving out
securing a position NW of Bullingen. Cas: 2 ab sk, Weather light rain-cold wind.
Dec 18th - The bn moved forward at 1000 hrs for a distance of a few 100 yds north of
Bullingen. There was sporadic small arms fire and artillery fire. The enemy was observed
to be evacuating the town. The CP split up into two groups including the Col plus
communications pltn, and two squads of the AP pltn. The anti-tank pltn checked in this
afternoon at 1400 hrs. Cas: 2 WIA, 1 SIW, 4 ab sk.
Dec 19th - Bn in defensive position with K Co on our right, I Co on our left, L Co in
front and M Co in position to support all companies. I Co extended its position around
hill 503 and held a commanding observance of the town. K Co also extended its position a
few yds. Upon settling position, security procedures were maintained. Enemy mortars &
artillery fire plus 30mm rocket fell in around our positions. This afternoon enemy
aircraft were over our position. During the day numerous Buzz bombs were sent over. The
motor pool arrived at rear CP where maintenance can be given to vehicles. In the evening a
group of four drivers sent up to I Co position to recover some trucks sent evacuated by
another outfit. After a check they determined only one vehicle capable of being driven
under its own power. As the men drove off with the truck it bogged down in the mud. Fuel
tablets were sent to the companies along with water and rations at 1600 hrs. Cas: 4 WIA, 2
Dec 20th - Bn is set in a defensive position with all the necessary security measures.
An L Co patrol went forward today to contact elements of the 2nd Division and met them at
a point of the Hari River. This same patrol went across Warch River and Holzmarche River
on the outskirts of Wirtzfeld. At this town they tried to draw fire from the enemy by
yelling down the street but drew no fire and discovered that Jerry was not at this point.
Occasional mortar and artillery fire fell upon the bn position. Cas: 7 WIA, 2 malaria, and
Dec 21st - Bn. is in its defensive position with no minor changes in its primary
defenses. No patrols were sent forth today. There were no large scale penetrations by the
enemy in the bn. sector. However, there was heavy enemy shelling within the bn. The
forward and rear CP were heavily shelled also. Rations, water and ammo, were issued from
the rear CP. Cas: 7 WIA, 10 Ab sk, Lt Jones, M Co ab sk. Weather light snow and frost.
Dec 22nd - Both L and I Co's maintained present position but K Co position was hit by
force at of enemy and tanks combined from the right flank. In the skirmish the AT pltn
knocked out Mark V with a bazooka shell or grenade. The position with K Co held, was
disorganized for a while, but later in the afternoon they reorganized and returned to
reestablish a defensive position near primary position. M Co fired at numerous targets.
There casualties were mostly from K Co and AT pltn. Cas: 9 WIA, 3 KIA, Lt Mosley and Capt
Baddelay were wounded. Capt Botts assumed command of K Co. Weather snow and cold. 1
Dec 23rd - Bn. defensive position changed somewhat, K Co shifting from right flank
position to a reserve position behind I & L Co's. The right flank position was taken
by B Co of the 18th Inf. L Co front was fairly quiet while I Co position was shelled
moderately with artillery. The observer with I Co spotted many enemy targets and called
for fire by 81mm mortars. Two Mark V tanks were put out of action by 81mm light mortar
ammo. Three bombs landed within 100 yds of rear CP demolishing two unidentified ¼ ton
vehicles. The situation was fairly quiet on the whole. No attacks were launched against
the bn. Cas: 1 WIA, and 4 ab sk. Weather cold and clear.
Dec 24th - Usual improvement of defensive positions. Mines starting to be laid. Trip
flares and A&P mines laid in area to left of I Co. Quiet all day along the front.
Listening patrol out from Co I.
Dec 25th - Clear bright day with about 2 inches of snow on the ground. It is just the
kind of Xmas day you would want to spend at home. Perfect weather. Air Corps is out in
strength. Hay is distributed to men for their holes. Rather quiet all day along the bn.
front. Capt. Shealy joins the Bn, takes command of Co K.
Dec 26th - More mines laid in front of I Co. The gap between I & L Co's also
covered with mines. Usual listening patrol out from I Co found Jerry 1200 yds to their
front starting to dig in. A recheck on the morning of the 27 reveals abandoned equipment
and no Jerries dug in. Patrol from L Co heard a horse drawn vehicle on the left flank.
Mine laying again tonight.
Dec 27th - Increase in mortar and artillery fire. It is believed a new unit has moved
into our front. Bn. starts to dig in a second defensive line. A complete mine belt is
started across the bn. front.
A house near the Bn CP is set up for a squad per Co. to spend 24 hrs. at. Has lights, a
radio, hot water, books, etc.
Dec 28th - Listening patrol from I report all quiet in town at 2200 hrs 12/27/44.
Heinie preceded by an intense artillery shoot comes into the left flank of L at 0530.
Drives in the outpost, 1 EM MIA, 1 KIA, and 10 WIA. Visibility poor all day until 1500
hrs. Jerries fire all day has been very
erratic. L Co attacks to reach its outpost line at 1700 hrs. At 1720 Mike 6 called Blue
2 and stated that all lines forward were out.
1750 Love 6 called Blue 6 saying, meeting heavy resistance to our immediate front. Fire
defensive fire #1 #2 #3. 1805 Capt. Botts left the Blue forward CP to visit M Co and L Co
sector, and for Mike 6 to fire defensive fires A&B. Blue 6 at 1820 asked L Co for an
old Soldier. Love 6 answered Blue 6 that some progress was made but would report later.
Report of this was given to Dextrous 6 at 1830. Also at 1830 Mike Co was to continue
firing DF at short intervals. We heard that at 1832 friendly airplanes roaring over us,
they were in large numbers.
By 1900 Blue 2 received good news from Blue 6 that friendly units of our on our left
have 2 pltns on hill 577 and that another pltn of this unit would move in position
tonight. Also news that Blue 6 at 1900 gave Blue 3 a report that one pltn of K Co was to
report to Love 6 and be in support of L Co. Blue 3 reported to Blue 6 that L Co. started
to push south for their positions and met a combat patrol of 30 to 40 Germans at position
939039. A pltn of L Co pushing down south of RR met 50 to 60 Jerries on the right. Blue 6
reported to Dextrous that at 944-037 this platoon had encountered Jerries and that
everything was under control. 1901 a new defensive fire at 946036 #8. L Co outpost south
of RR post, helmets, sniper rifles, and other Jerry equipment was found in L Co old OP
position (information of equipment was forwarded to Dextrous 6). At 2115 Blue 6 gave Blue
3 this information, that when L Co had sent a combat patrol to try and regain its outpost
line they found that the Jerry was attacking. The patrol withdrew and L Co then attacked
the Jerry and regained its outpost line. This information was sent to Dextrous S-2.
called Blue 3 at 2110 and asked what the situation was; also asked, did we get any
identification. Blue 3 gave him the situation and told Dextrous 6 that billfolds and
soldiers books would get in as soon as possible in the morning. Item 6 reported at 2320
that his listening posts reported absolutely no sound from 1945 to 2300 hrs. Also that
Item Co had laid all their wire communications. 2400 Blue 3 gave Dex l a report that all
was quiet and also the information that their listening post did not hear any sounds of
Jerry movements. Prisoners taken 2. Cas: 18 WIA, Lt Culligan SIW 1 K Co; ab sk 6, KIA 2 NP
Dec 29th - The bn. sector was fairly quiet with few artillery shells landing at
intervals around the bn. sector. From 0015 to 0550 nothing was heard of any movement of
Jerry around the bn. sector. At 0550 Item 6 reported to Blue 6 that there was a lot of
vehicle movement in the Town of Bullingen which I's positions overlooked. This movement
was picked up by I Co's listening post. Blue 6 reported this movement to Dex 5. Dex. 5
told Blue to forget it until White Bn patrol came back, which went out at 0015 and still
was not reported in to its Bn. Dex. 5 also told Blue 6 that TOT (time on target) be
recommended. Later at 0630 Item listening post returned and revealed that there not as
much activity as indicated over the radio. Reported 2 and some men carrying articles. At
1145 Item Co patrol which 0500 30th Dec was going toward the town of Bullingen , had the
mission of capturing a prisoner in the vicinity of the RR station in Bullingen.
Report came from Dex. 3 to Blue 2 that at 1905 L Co patrol which was to contact the
unit on its left, walked over a mine field of 15 AP mines. The unit on its left was going
to lay more mines. At 2221 LN3 reported to Blue that sound and flash had picked up enemy
guns which were firing from the vicinity of 949029. Lt. Cody from LN3 alerted 3 Charlie
and 3 Cannon to observe fire and warn if it was too close to be fired at. Finally reported
at 2300 came from Blue 3 to Dex. Duty Officer. All was quiet in the Bn. sector. Cas: WIA
2, ab sk 4, KIA 1.
Dec 30th - The morning at 0001 started with enemy shells coming near our Bn. area and
seeming to be more to our rear. At 0015 there was heavy shelling in our CP forward area
and in the town of Butgenbach. Dex. line from Blue was out. From 0350 to 0515 it was very
quiet with the bn. sector. I Co's patrol and MG outpost that they heard 8 or 10 Jerries
with a machine gun making a lot of noise in a house at the following coordinate 948021. At
1000 hrs a recon of Bn sector was made by Co C of the 2nd Bn. of the 23rd Inf. 2nd
Division, and recon was finished at 1200 hrs. Companies followed at this range I - F, K -
G, L - E, M - H; that is the way the companies went to their positions. At 1445 Item asked
for a litter Jeep. Blue 6 gave Capt. Riter an answer on Booby traps and wire. At 1430 Engr
and the AP pltn laid AP mines in L Co area and wanted to complete the mine field of L Co
& I Co areas. We had a friendly visit from Gen Taylor at 1630. They went down to visit
the Blue Bn rest Camp. At 2330 hrs Blue 6 told Love 6 that the AP mine field was completed
of 24 rolls of barb wire and 24 wire rolls. Relief of I Co slow, started at 2030;
artillery and mortar falling. I and L Co were notified. Cas: WIA 2, ab sk 4, KIA 1.
Dec 31st - 0035 started the bn. morning. The bn. had ordered 36 anti-tank personnel
mines. Some to be laid in the daylight and the rest to be laid after dark. This work was
coordinated by the Bn S-3, Capt. Botts. The Engr Off. reported that the mine field had
been completed and that one mine field was shortened from 750 to 600 mines. The 150 mines
were used in the main field. At 0130 hrs Blue 3 called King 6 and said the change would
start at 2030 because King 6 and Item 6 thought change would be more quiet at that time.
Blue 3 told King 6 to report when he was completely closed in his new area. At 0355 King 6
called LM 3 that King Co had completed its change and checked his positions. There was no
activity and all was in order. this report was reported to Dex. 2, Capt. Laffley. From
0410 to 0700 all was quiet. At 1000 hrs. Blue 2 called Love 6 that combat patrol is to go
from Love Co area to the vicinity of 949-023. At 0500 was for him tomorrow. Also at 1500
at 1630, 1 pltn reinforced with machine guns is going to clean woods in vicinity of
928-011. If they succeed they are to a point of 933-010. Time of 1730 the 3rd pltn of L Co
saw a pilot drop at north of Bullingen, was from the 83rd. A report to all companies came
from the blue forward CP the next door neighbors were going to give a shoot on Hitler's
New Years Eve Speech. Also to be especially watchful tomorrow. Then the final report came
in that all was quiet at 2400 hrs and the New Years came in. This ends the last day of
1944. Cas: 2 KIA, 3 ab sk and 1 NP.
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