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  1. Another addition to my PH collection. Pvt. Fred Paul Harman KIA 24 March 1945 Germersheim, Germany Co. B, 19th AIB, 14th Armored Division Fred P. Harman was born July 1922 in Pennsylvania. Pvt. Harman enlisted in the US Army in March 1943. Pvt. Harman was assigned as a machine gunner to Co. B, 19th Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division. On 23 March 1945 the 19th Armored Infantry Battalion was assigned to take the town of Germersheim, Germany. Company B began the attack around 1350 hours with support with tanks from the 47th Tank Battalion. The Company began taking heavy small arms fire from German bunkers and pillboxes, but were taken out by tank fire. The next day Co. B. flanked around the right of the town coming in contact with MG’s, self Propelled guns, and 88’s and sniper fire. Tank fire and artillery from supporting unit effectively held the Germans down and destroyed their fighting positions. The Battalion reached the Rhine river to discover the the bridge had been destroyed by the retreating Germans, but by the days end the town had been captured. During the second day of the attack Pvt. Fred P. Harman was killed by a gun shot wound to the head. Pvt. Harnam is burried in Lorraine American Cemetery.
  2. Does anyone have info on the Battle of Hill K-9?
  3. Pfc. Carl F. Kauff Born: 12 March 1921 Scranton, Pa Co. A, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division DOW 1 June 1944 Carl F. Kauff was born 12 March 1921 in Scranton, PA and enlisted in the US Army 20 January 1942. He was assigned to Co. A, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. It is unknown when he joined the unit, but he was present for the invasion of Anzio on 22 January 1944. On 23 May 1944 the 45th Division and the rest of the beachhead started an all out assault to breakout of the beachhead. During the next few days there was fierce fighting with the 179th taking heavy casualties. During the fighting for Hill K-9 southwest of Genzano, Italy Pfc. Kauff was hit by artillery shell fragments in the abdomen and taken to a field hospital and given a colostomy. On 1 June 1944 Pfc. Kauff died of these wounds. He is buried in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Pa.
  4. Received the PH and IDPF/Morning Reports. In the Morning Report it states that on 18 Jan 1944 there was a patrol that went out and found themselves in a mine field. 4 soldiers were reported MIA, and 3 were WIA. Pfc. Hahn was one of those soldier listed as MIA during the Patrol. Most likely he stepped on a mine, killing him.
  5. Well with boredom setting in with being at home cause everything is closed (except my work ) I have been doing a lot of research on this new Purple Heart. It is another one from Lititz, PA. Pfc. Harlan Hahn Born: 27 April 1922 in Lititz, PA Co. L, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Division MIA/KIA 18 January 1944 Pre Rapido River Crossing. Pfc. Harlan Hahn Enlisted in the US army in May 1943 in Lancaster, PA. After basing training he left over seas August 1943. He did not participate on the 36th Division Landing at Salerno, Italy. He was a replacement assigned to Co. L, 143rd Regiment on 29 September 1943. Once with the unit they had trained in river crossings, patrols, clearing house and much more. On 8 December 1943 Pfc. Hahn would be in the bitter fighting for San Pietro. The Unit would be fighting for approximately 10 days, suffering heavy casualties.In early January 1944 the division would receive more replacement for the casualties taken at San Pietro, and start training for the Crossing of the Rapido River.On the night of the 17 January the entire 143rd Regiment would move to Eastern bank of the river for the assault. On 18 January 1944 Pfc. Would be killed and go missing. The cause of death is unknown, but his body was never recovered. He is memorialized on the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, and Listed on the Wall for Missing or Buried at sea
  6. Just purchased this Heart and it is a special one. My mother is from Pennsylvania, Born in Elizabethtown, and grew up in a Small town Called Lititz, Pennsylvania. Growing up as a child I used to take trips to Lititz and see everywhere my mom had been. We used to go to the town park every day, go to my mom friends house and hear her father's stories of the war. He was a survivor of the "Malmedy Massacre" Pvt. Martin S. Heller Born: 12 February 1925 Co. A, 179th IR, 45th ID KIA 12 February 1944 Aprilia, Italy Pvt. Martin Heller was born 12 February 1925 in Litiz, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the US Army on 5 May 1943. He was assigned to Co. A, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. On 22 January 1944 the 45th Division made an amphibious landing at at Anzio, Italy. On 11 February 1944 Co. A of the 179th Regiment was tasked with retaking the town of Aprilia, Italy also know as “The Factory”. It was vital to recapture the town because of the of the road junction. The attack started approximately 0430 hours with artillery from the 27th Field Artillery Battalion. Co. A jumped of the attack with support from a company from the 191th Tank Battalion. The men of Co. A used the tanks as cover as they advanced to the town, but the first tank was taken out by anit-tank fire. The tanks and men advance into the south east edge of the town taking multiple building resualing in the fierce hand to hand combat. By the end of the first day Co. A became disorganized and lost approximately 6 Officers, and 49 enlisted either killed or missing. On 12 February 1944 the Germans counter attacked around 0430 hours. Co. A took heavy casualties. It was during this attack Pvt. Heller was killed . Co. A was reduced to 3 Officers, and 40 enlisted still standing. The Company had to withdrawl from the town and orders were given to the Army Air Force to bomb the city. The AAF sent 34 B-17s, 19 B-24s, and P-40s, combined with Artillery. Pvt. Heller died on his 19th Birthday.
  7. Pfc. Carl C. Berry Born: 24 February 1920 Co. I, 310th Regiment, 78th Division KIA 5 March 1945 Euskirchen, Germany Pfc. Carl C. Berry, 33794418, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division. Died of Wounds on 5 March 1945 when he suffered shrapnel wounds to the head near Euskirchen, Germany. He entered the service on 9 August 1943 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 4 March 1945, the 3rd Battalion, 310th Infantry Regiment was attached to Combat Command A, 9th Armored Division and attacked Euskirchen, Germany. Under strong German artillery and small arms fire the Battalion advanced for 5 miles in deep mud, suffered 57 casualties and captured the town Despite being 2 to 5 miles ahead of supporting American units, the Battalion held the town and captured and crossed the Erft Canal and secured the town of Roitzheim on 5 March 1945. It was at this time that Pfc. Berry was hit by shrapnel and died of his wounds. For the Battalion's action during this time and its distinguished combat record from 1 March to 15 March 1945, it was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
  8. Pvt. Fred W. Fien KIA 25 November 1944 Grosshau, Huertgen Forest Co. I, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Regiment, 4th Division Fred Fien Was born 19 July 1922 in New York. He enlisted in the US Army on 17 March 1944. Pvt. Fien was assigned to Co. I, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Regiment, 4th Division as a replacement During the Battle of the Huertgen Forest. For the preparation of the battle the 2nd and 3rd Battalion were each supported by a company of tanks and a battery of Artillery. The attack was scheduled to begin at 0845 and the 3rd battalion moved in the woods north of Grosshau, 2nd Battalion pushed from the West. The Tank Support was delayed because of thick mud and held for three hours. Once the tanks found a alternate route they were quickly destroyed by Anti-tank guns. Around 1300 the attack was finally in full effect but halted due to heavy artillery from the German. During the push Pvt. Fred Fien was hit by German artillery losing both hands and part of his left leg. He was quickly evacuated to the 3rd Battalion aide station where he had bled out and died. At 1500 hours Major Kemp called the attack off. During the attack 11 Officers, 46 NCO’s and 152 Enlisted were Killed, Wounded, or Missing. Despite Heavy loses, 101 Germans were captured. HQ ordered another attack for the next day, Capt. Lanham told LTC. Delaney that he wait for orders from General. Barton. Pvt. Fred W. Fien was 22 years when he was killed and currently buried at Greenwood Union Cemetery in New York.
  9. I believe the 78th division book is online somewhere and it give amazing info on battles and list every soldier and when and where they were wounded I believe. When I get off work I will try and find it for you and send you the link
  10. #2 Here is a link to the Target area for the day http://www.450thbg.com/real/targets/194504/pages/06.shtml
  11. St. Michael M. Keuchel Radio Operator 39917907 B-24 42-51870 720th Bomb Squadron, 450th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force On April 9, 1945 The 720th Bomb group was given a mission the bomb a German concentration area for the Start of Operation Buckland. Forty one B-24 from the 450th Bomb Group took off between 11:14-11:31 to bomb area designated "Apple Area". The group was carrying 88.20 tons of 20 lbs Fragmentation bombs. Approximately at 14:32 the order was given for "Bombs Away". According to MACR #13170 the B-24 42-51870 was seen the have lost its Left redder sending into a inward spin. The B-24 was hit by a cluster on bombs dropped from above. Four parachutes were have seen to open and the Plane had crashed and burned. White the Four men were defending to the ground German Machine Guns opened up on them killing two and wounding the other two. One of the survivors was killed once he landed and the other was captured by the germans and taken to a near by Field Hospital for treatment. Days later Allied forces pushed up the Crash site and found four graves within 50 yeads of the crash site. the first was marked with the name "Lt. Owen Wahl" , the second and third marked " Unknown American Airmen" the fourth was a much larger grave with five names" Julius Kuntz, Michael Payden, Michael Keuchel, Charles Brown, John Sanford" Sgt. Keuchel had flown in over 40 missions and received a total of 5 Air Medal. He is Buried in Florence America Cemetery Plot D, Row 9, Grave 16
  12. Just purchased this Document. All information came from the 2nd Armored Amphibious battalion website. KENNETH E. SMITH: A kid who hadn’t been out of Iowa but twice, now I was halfway around the world traveling at government expense to visit a place I wasn't welcome but seeing our Company CO Capt Handyside's amtank alongside I felt reassured. He was as fine an officer as you could imagine. I didn't dream he was about to be killed right in front of us. Capt Handyside's crew also included Gunnery Sergeant George "Gunny" Roberts manning its 75mm Howitzer with loader James Hartman also up in the turret and ammo passers Fred Betz and Chester Scivetti down below the turret. Driver Harold Moody sat up front next to radioman/machine gunner Eugene Lyne Jr. HAROLD C. MOODY: I was driving Captain Handyside's tank. His orders were to get ashore and set up a CP station at a sugar mill about a half mile inland from the landing beach. Half way across the reef we took a hit that split a pontoon on our left side making it hard to steer. Captain Handyside kept saying, Keep it moving, Driver. As we hit the beach, a sniper killed him. ROBERT E. WOLLIN: My platoon was on the far right flank. Captain Handyside's amtank held that flank's center. Beyond Captain Handyside's amtank on that flank's right side, Lt. Ambrose's amtank was shifting left. At the time we didn't know that strong currents washing north off the beach were carrying us north. Meanwhile Japanese artillery was still bracketing us, trying to get our range, and drenching us with near misses, splashing water into open turret hatches. Still they were misses. We were lucky. As the Japs sharpened their range, the assault wave coming in behind us looked to be having the harder time. Note: The artillery and mortar fire coming at the first two assault waves were relatively light compared to what those waves would meet on the beach and inland from it and when contrasted to the fire encountered by later waves crossing the lagoon for the next two days after the enemy refined their targeting. Meanwhile 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and Amtank Company B landed on Red 2. This left Red 3 wide open on their right flank and created a yawning gap between the divisions two Regimental Combat Teams as most (but not all) of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and Amtank Company C landed as planned on Green 1. Adding to the confusion the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines and Amtank Company D also landed on Green 1 instead of on Green 2 further south as planned. Thus two Battalions and Amtank Companies became densely packed on a single beach exposed to heavy fire from Afetna Point on their right flank to the south. HAROLD C. MOODY: We got heavy fire from the right flank and drifted left coming in. Capt. Handyside was killed. Roberts, Hartman and Scivetti were wounded. Scivetti was killed at the beach aid station when it took a direct artillery hit. ROBERT WOLLIN: Capt. Handyside's last words: "Ambrose, take command" went out over the radio. No one knows how he said it. We considered it a sort of miracle. The bullet hit him over one eye. CHARLES F. AMBROSE: My tank was far right, Handyside's was in center. Despite noise and confusion, a lot of us heard his order over the radio. Platoon Report on Tank 70: After Captain Handyside was hit in the head by rifle fire and rendered unconscious, Gunny Sgt. Roberts proceeded inland 100 feet to camouflaged position, rendered first aid to the Captain, evacuated him to 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Aid Station, and then pulled Sgt. Norton's tank from a shell hole. Next, realizing they'd landed on the wrong beach, he went by foot on reconnaissance, leaving Sgt. Hartman in charge of tank. On recon Sgt. Roberts wounded by Hip Mortar.
  13. I googled his name and found this for you. When the town of Aachen was attacked by a superior enemy force. Pvt. Skaggs, employfr.g a rocket launcher, single-handed attacked an enemy self-propelled gun guarding the only avenue of escape, causing it to withdraw. "In the ensuing action, Pvt. Skaggs, with accurate carbine fire, dispersed enemy i n f a n t r y who were attempting to enter several houses In which members of his battery were sheltered. As the hostile troops continued to close in, Pvt. Skaggs dismounted a .30 calibre machine gun frorr. a vehicle and, firing from the hip, dispersed the enemy infantry and a mortar squad, Is Later Killed "The valor and courage displayed by Pvt. Skagg
  14. I have checked the burial card and could not find any reference to a WIA date on it.
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