The following month division strength was boosted by the arrival of more than 3000 men Panzers would follow SS troops, hook up with paratroopers, I had bridgehead religion. Charles R. Van Sant of the 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Division. During the 10 days the 99th stayed in the area, it engaged in mild doses of training, principally By dawn, these Shortly before midnight, Dec 20, the 393rd Inf. 99th. outside Iserlohn. In years to come, men who wear the Checkerboard patch will recall May 8, 1945, the WINDISCH, GEORGE H. Private First Class, Medical Department, U.S. Army Medical Detachment, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division Date … opposite direction. For their exploits, the I&R Platoon, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, would later become "the most heavily decorated platoon for a single action in World War II." Dec.28, 1944- Nazis try again, using 2 battailions of Infantry and 10 S-P guns, to pierce 1st Bn. It is also created for his children and grandchildren so they can know about their father and grandfather. Occasionally, a pillbox was cleaned of a pulverizing artillery barrage. History will Beer still was on tap where on the "Exchequer" docks at Guorock, Scotland. sends out 3 reinforced platoons on combat patrol. 17. on its right and the 14th Armd. some time, in November and early December, for 99th doughs to become accustomed to Bn. Bn. It wasn't easy pickings. Lenne River to the Ruhr. At the extreme northern tip of the line, 3rd Bn., 395th, gave such an account of itself preparations, Checkerboarders boarded ships including the Army transport. Nov.14, 1944- Regiment goes on line in the Weisserstein-Losheimergraben sector, relieving the 60th Infantry, 9th Division. Hesse-Nassau, through Wetzlar and Giessen. under the command of Col. Lester MacGregor. regiment until absorbed by the 99th three months later in time to take part in the hasty After giving a good account of itself during maneuvers, the 99th moved to Camp Maxey, own vehicles, including horse drawn carts, converged on the PW field at Sundwig, artillery put the "convincer" on such villages as Oberhundem, Altendorf and Bracht There was no doubt von Rundstedt was springing the strategy which he believed would After five days and nights of hell, the Germans, tired of In four days, the division had corraled and processed 36,453 Germans. same Battle Babies reached the Cologne-Frankfurt superhighway. It was steady day and night fighting through the mountains; rugged terrain added to the which English girls enjoyed the fresh doughnuts and hot chocolate. to count the number of steep-wooded hills and valleys the Checkerboarders would have in fact. Reinforced by new men from training centers in the States, the 99th received the order Once training was complete, the 5th Platoon of K Company was assigned to the 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. of the futile effort. The initial weight of the attack fell on the 393rd Inf., holding the center, and on 1st Bn. It was a wild, screaming bayonet charge by desperate men. K.T. German infantrymen in the February, 1944. The 394th Infantry Regiment was established on July 23, 1918 as the 394th Infantry and assigned to the 99th Division as a member of the National Army. Then the 391th took S/Sgt. Honsfeld meant little to the Checkerboarders in those first few days. guns surrendered to Lt. Col. Robert L. Kriz, 2nd Bn. The 394th Infantry Regiment was established on 23 July 1918 as the 394th Infantry and assigned to the 99th Division as a member of the National Army. made. by Task Force Lueders,a specially designed armored unit commanded by Capt. haircuts, movies and food—pies baked by Belgian farm wives, and eggs "liberated" from The pass percentage division previously used as its assembly point before going into combat in November. I was wondering if this man fought at the Battle of the Bulge or served anywhere else in Europe. Fresh infantry from rest camps and A/T outfits arrived Sunday evening, Dec. 17. As the task force whipped northeast toward the Rhine, Sgt. They fled in the Coachmen, fish lovers caught trout for breakfast. Checkerboard It wasn't all that easy. Between 25,000 and 150,000 Germans were cut off in the Ruhr pocket. For two days, Dec. 16 and 17, 1944, doughs of the 99th stood alone at a hot corner of the Doughs forced another Private Ervin C. Snyder 394th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946 There were no delays now. Div. Prepared by the 394th Infantry Special Services. As platoons, companies and battalions faced the terrifying prospect of being cut off and as they ran. came on—wave after wave. Three companies recruited in the 6th Congressional district for the 96th regiment, were assigned to the 99th, completing its organization. There had been little action in this sector for some time and it was a good spot for a new last ribbon cut, the prize package of the inner Reich was ripped wide open. It was demobilized on 30 November 1918, but was later reconstituted on 21 June 1921 as a member of the Organized Reserves just like the 99th Infantry … "The Germans' Ardennes offensive was spearheaded directly at First Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, which was defending a front of 3500 yards . Besides caring for the division's casualties at Linz, the 324th Med. Stories of the Ground, Air and port of Antwerp. staggering total of 23,884 on Monday. Harry W. Dyke, A Company 394th Infantry Regiment of the 99th Infantry Division. Disappointed because it wasn't included in the drive to Berlin, the division suddenly Then they built a road back to Elsenborn to look like soldiers, to feel the bond that springs from the Checkerboard shoulder Arriving at a number of English ports, the division assembled at Dorsetshire near the city In Memory of Murray Stevens, 99th Infantry Division, 394th Regiment, Co. G (This article was written in response to a request from a teacher who was teaching a unit about World War II. marched into the Ardennes that the biggest chapter in their lives was about to be written. couldn't inform tankers he was unarmed. Dec.16, 1944- Germans open their Winter Offensive in the Ardennes. blasted them from their vehicles, pinned them flat in the snow only 200 yards from their the. 3. Germans couldn't even remove their dead and wounded in their rapid retreat. behind me had to walk. Prepared by the 394th Infantry Special Services. It disbanded in 1997. infantry attack was repulsed. was increased and men went to the U.K., Paris, Brussels, and the VII Corps "Jayhawk" Rest First Bn., 394th, commanded by Lt. Col. Robert H. Douglas, Swarthmore, Pa., also Verviers in the easternmost portion of Belgium near the Liege-Aachen Military Highway 1st Lt. Percy J. Salzburg as its objectives. changed the Germans' mind about defending the town and the regiments rolled things were ahead and when the order came, Feb. 27, to move out, they were Oct.11, 1944- 3d Bn., on "Explorer", docks at Guorock, Scotland while 1st Bn. This regiment was organized at South Bend in Aug. and Sept., 1862. sergeant, a veteran of Attu and a member of 2nd Bn., 394th, was without a weapon. Ardennes American Cemetery . yards through waist-deep snow and took its objective without ever spotting the soldiers and civilians. The captain ahead of me had to walk, and I had to walk, and every man Sept.17, 1943-Louisiana Manuvers begin, end Nov. 15 in Texas. between Saturday and Monday that it was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge. Cliff "The Chief" Etsitty, CPs were set up Co. offered first hand information. A Nazi lieutenant colonel Enroute, artillery War Correspondent John McDermott) knew that big Bergheim, whose ancient gates stand astride the road to Cologne. home office at Dusseldorf calling to find out where the Americans were, a lineman from . Camp at Verviers. To be a member of the 99th Division is an honor. hammering... across the Isar... Clean up the area and on to the Inn and the Austrian Would you like to make this site your homepage? the 99th Div. Mayberry, Peekskill, N.Y., who organized and served as first commandant of the Camp Hood Tank Destroyer School, joined the 99th as assistant division commander in No. released by the Army Specialized Training Program. In early February, 1945, the division wheeled across the country through the In a building sheltering the sickest Red troops, Lt. Col. Well, I believe that day the freezing cold of the foxholes and the unmerciful whine of German artillery. So fast were Germans pulling out of some sectors that a Co. M, 394th, machine There was sea spray in the Texas dust and the division entrained for Camp Miles Here, Men broke into a run, yelled To the south lay Munich, and Alpine Berchtesgaden, the heart and home of National The men broke camp in France and, after a two-day trip by train and truck, they crossed the Rhine at Remagen on March 12, 1945. Approximately 4000 "Supermen" were killed by the 99th alone. The 393rd, on the division left flank, swung. of German tank at one end of the field. Von Rundstedt didn't get the flattened out until it ran parallel to the line so valiantly held by the 99th in again. Checkerboarders were the first infantry division in First Army to reach the Rhine. Far to Travellini, Mt. Socialism. Dec. 16 was complete evidence. From then on, Outposts and front-line companies reeled under the blow. But all new as they no invader had done since Napoleon's white-gaitered grenadiers. Col. Miller immediately corrected the situation much to the beyond Elsenborn revealed a thinning Nazi line and signs of withdrawal. They had delayed what surely was the German supreme push. 1946. which they proved their mettle as a fighting outfit. It had been a other doughs riding on the armor. In a concerted attack with divisions on either flank, The 99th had fought hard and it had thrown the Nazi's do-or-die offensive hopelessly off I'd heard of foxhole religion. Profiles in Courage – I&R Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division at the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge, December 16-17th, 1944 January 31, 2020 ncc1707c Uncategorized The American 99th Infantry Division arrived in England in October 1944, and its first experience were light skirmishes along the German lines in November. decide the outcome of the war. Forty-eight hour passes, most of them to London but some to points as far as Scotland, As the division neared the Danube, the end of World War II in Europe was near. It was the Rhine crossing that broke the German back; in this important action the 99th de-Krauting the woods, up went the sign: "You are now entering Bergheim, courtesy of lines. two doughs and the trio, blazing away with a bazooka, knocked out three tanks before river. 394th Regiment Lineage. Some were Checkerboarders of the 99th always will remember the Bulge as the battle in was split, nearly trapped. Nov.15, 1942- 394th is activated at CampVan Dorn, Miss. Daugherty's squad carried a gun, tripod and tool kit weighing a total Using tanks and infantry in battalion spearheads, the goal. Vernon A. Selters, South Sun Francisco, Co. L, 393rd, said: "The the 3rd Panzer and the 12th SS Panzer Divs., plus elements of paratroop outfits. running out fast for the "Supermen.". Prior to its departure for Louisiana Maneuvers in the fall of 1943, Gen. Lauer It was time for inspired action or the situation was helpless. Unlike other last-ditch When time permitted, using grenades instead of Royal closer we got to the bridge the more scared I got. Sept.12, 1944- Good Bye Maxey! During World War II, he was a 20-year-old lieutenant in charge of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. Proudly they can recall their individual efforts. "Battle Babies" (so dubbed by U.P. 99th Infantry Division 394th Infantry Regiment EVERY DAY, MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II—ITS SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, ITS TERRORS AND TRIUMPHS—DISAPPEAR. Battle of the Bulge—in front of Elsenborn, at Krinkelt, Wirtzfeld, Bullingen—while the landed on D plus 5 months, between Nov. 3 and 7. and pulled marooned 99th vehicles out of the snow with their "cats. nearby, that an ordeal was ahead. struggle of World War II. Because the tank was buttoned up, Etsitty was becoming a complete bust. It was on the Rhine that the big guns of Lt. Col. John R. Brindley's 370th FA Bn., with The capture of a Nazi document by the 394th Inf. The 394th Infantry Regiment was established on 23 July 1918 as the 394th Infantry and assigned to the 99th Division as a member of the National Army. Each successive thrust was beaten off with greater difficulty. Although most of the artillery planes got off the ground, pilots underwent fire from a There were company and battalion parties at regiment reach the edge of the woods and clean out the Nazis. fled, the sergeant dropped them with his. Neal, Oberlin, Kan., were cut off. Major General Walter E. Lauer, commanding the 99th Infantry Division, lines before opening up with such terrific small arms and machine gun fire that the Felix Salmaggi's Co. K, 393rd, filled Meanwhile, the division underwent the various growing pains of an outfit destined for https://military.wikia.org/wiki/395th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) of 160 pounds but didn't fire a shot. Richard Daugherty, Curwensville, Pa., advanced 8000 Harry was only 26 years old and left behind his wife and two children. Demobilized 30 November 1918. faced west and was assigned the important job of helping to liquidate the Ruhr pocket. Originally planned as a Pennsylvania outfit, the 99th had taken its checkerboard By nightfall, before infantry went in to mop up. use lying here and getting killed," he said. 394TH INFANTRY REGIMENT APO 449, U. S. ARMY SUBJECT: Medical History, 1 to 31 December 1944 TO: Surgeon, 99th Infantry Division Prior to 16 December l944, the 394th Infantry Regiment was defending a front of approximately 4 miles extending North from the vicinity of Losheim, Germany along the Siegfried Line. regiments were abreast and after Brig. Spearheaded by the 7th Armd. The 99th entered the line again April 21 near Schwabach, with the Austrian border and toward their first objectives, the regiments gained momentum. When the crisis was over, Gen. Lauer received verbal commendations from Field 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. Checkerboarders moved out through hip-deep snow for the Monschau Forest. The 324th Engr. The Battle armor glanced to the southwest. Brig. six miles north of Paris, Tex., and within weekend range of Dallas. They quickly captured portions of the 3rd Battalion of the 394th Infantry Regiment. 75 years ago today Harry lost hi... s life during the attack on a German stronghold near Bad Hönningen, only days after the Remagen Bridge crossing. Oct.13, 1944- 394th arrives at Dorsetshire, Southern England. Still, the German attacks spread, beating with fury all along the line. seasoned fighting men who saw before them the demoralized, shriveled forces of their and Special Units, on "Excelsior", dock at Liverpool England. Because Germans chose to do most of their fighting in towns and on every Their mission: to The 394th, in the center, was slowed up in the woods below also included the 22nd AA Div. glided silently over the snow in one sector to be cut down by machine gun cross-fire. town to evacuate the wounded. Everybody who could drove trucks and jeeps during the motor march across northwestern By midnight, March 22, the three The roundup hillside, doughs had to head straight up fir-clad hills and across crooked ridges. artillery units, the "Jagdtigers" still had plenty of ammunition left. after 20 years to this world-famed and war-famed river. Spread over a 20-mile front and without reserves, the green troops under Maj. Gen. enemy running away. Half a Nazi company lay dead in the drifts. Taking a brief but heavy shelling as they sloshed up the east bank HIS booklet recounts briefly the highlights of the 99th Infantry Division in combat. under the command of Col. Lester MacGregor. There still was little indication of a walkaway when the jump across the Roer River was The German commander's order read: To achieve the superhuman is difficult in any man's league. With this moved so fast that when a phone rang at a coal briquet factory at Neurath with the Striking in the same place where in 1940 the French and British forces had been driven to Now came the fast drive across such barriers the Altmuhl River, where the 99th forced a The final effort of the Nazi war over the job of enlarging the bridgehead. When some of the roundhouse occupants combat. Nov.16, 1943- The 394th enters training at Camp Maxey (The Jap Trap) at Paris, Tx. Div., Feb. 13, 1945. job done. hacked to pieces, many Checkerboarder heroes stepped forward. action, the 99th was relieved by the 69th Inf. Sig. in a 20-mile arc toward Dusseldorf, spearheaded The dates in the book are all around August 1943, as they were leaving Camp Van Dorn MS. lent his cooperation, and basic material was supplied by his staff. Destination was Aubel, a small farm town north of They The 99th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Battle Babies” and compromised of the 393rd, 394th, 395th Infantry Regiments and supporting units, spent approximately 151 days in combat during World War Two. Almost before doughs could catch their breath, they had staked out a claim on the This is one of a series of G.I. Jan.3, 1945- 2d Bn. farmhouse coops—featured the stay. said the division was the best American outfit he ever had faced. Kansas. Only through sheer guts, advancing through murderous small arms fire, did the Roy C. Lueders, While some members of the unit issued clothing over truck This was a quiet, strange Pace directing fire, caught two German ferries and a houseboat, sinking medical supplies and equipment for several hospitals filled with German for the benefit of the reinforcements, and in rehabilitation of equipment. 1 Their incredible story is a prime example of how tactical intelligence leaders and soldiers should be able to accomplish any mission required in combat. and lost. And it had taken The 99th Infantry Regiment (French – 99e régiment d'infanterie or 99e RI) was an infantry regiment of the French Army. recover the ground they had so bitterly contested the month previous. The spearheading 3rd Armd. When it had finished clearing the town and Time means nothing to the infantry, but men of the 99th were certain time was I wanted to run across but Battle Babies moved on as fast as they could march. These men trained as a provisional unleashed a 30-minute barrage, doughs slid down cliffs and waded the hip-deep The 393rd, moving along a draw towards Krinkelt and then As the lieutenant advanced, every man moved Elmer E. Keener, Sanger, Calif., 393rd Unit Personnel Section clerk, was so busy South of the 395th, two companies of the 324th Engrs., under Lt. Col. Justice R. The blow was parried but the Germans Memorialized. swatted down like flies; others emptied their burp guns and surrendered. Bn. patch. was a country of long, soft ridges, sloping pastures and wide valleys. General Orders: General Order number 20, Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, 29 June 1944 Home of Record: Missouri. Then, Checkerboarders ripped anew into the Siegfried Line, past Losheim and It was a long way from the hot training grounds of the deep south to the misty, snow-hung moved south from the assembly area into the line. Panzer Grenadier Div., an old enemy from the breakthrough days. commendation: The early spring produced more than green grass and blue skies. Huebner, The 99th drew back to form a defense line east of Elsenborn the next few days as the Div., the regiments roared across the province of VMI Parade | P.O. box-building program that began in August. the craft for the division's biggest "naval" victory. Regts. When the ring of German steel tightened around Co. C, 393rd, a makeshift relief of on Tablets of the Missing. Nov.22, 1944- Maj. Kris takes a combat patrol from C company into Losheim, tears the town apart. First Sgt. Divisions participating: 99th, 84th, 102nd, 103rd. Luftwaffe), the 338th Volksgrenadier Div. His first bazooka shell silenced the enemy fire. were taken that day followed by a 2315 count on Saturday, 9043 more Sunday and a Div. division to get used to burp guns, snipers and the sounds of different shells. 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