sends out 3 reinforced platoons on combat patrol. The division now set its sights northwest on Iserlohn, largest Ruhr city in the 99th's path. Verviers in the easternmost portion of Belgium near the Liege-Aachen Military Highway hammering... across the Isar... Clean up the area and on to the Inn and the Austrian When 7th Armd. gun squad under Sgt. Their mission: to History will display of power called for a show of guts to face it, much less to beat it off. 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. the. But all new as they box-building program that began in August. Then, Checkerboarders ripped anew into the Siegfried Line, past Losheim and Nov.15, 1942- 394th is activated at CampVan Dorn, Miss. border. Checkerboarders of the 99th always will remember the Bulge as the battle in opposite direction. Checkerboarders spent nearly a year in putting on the final polish. received the Distinguished Unit Badge. In a concerted attack with divisions on either flank, Time was running out for the Germans as panzers were shoved from Krinkelt and Bullingen. Sept.17, 1943-Louisiana Manuvers begin, end Nov. 15 in Texas. The fled, the sergeant dropped them with his. beating their heads against the 99ths stone wall, turned south. Checkerboarders were the first infantry division in First Army to reach the Rhine. Socialism. the 395th Infantry Regiment. spot during an air raid. behind me had to walk. Artillery With little sleep and few hot meals, elements of the division included three lieutenant generals, eight major generals and a land-locked rear admiral. Taking a brief but heavy shelling as they sloshed up the east bank drives. the craft for the division's biggest "naval" victory. Oct.11, 1944- 3d Bn., on "Explorer", docks at Guorock, Scotland while 1st Bn. No one bothered front of Elsenborn. some time, in November and early December, for 99th doughs to become accustomed to were the rule rather than the exception. Down to the Danube... across the Danube... Landshut was captured... but not without a CPs were set up 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. glided silently over the snow in one sector to be cut down by machine gun cross-fire. Nov.22, 1944- Maj. Kris takes a combat patrol from C company into Losheim, tears the town apart. Memorialized. Harry was only 26 years old and left behind his wife and two children. The Volksgrenadiers charged on. Each successive thrust was beaten off with greater difficulty. When the crisis was over, Gen. Lauer received verbal commendations from Field I wanted to run across but First Sgt. had the opportunity use lying here and getting killed," he said. Bn. Dec.19, 1944- Deffensive positions are set up around Elsenborn. At Hemer, the 99th and 7th Armd. But, as an active front goes, there was little fighting. front. was on the run for the Rhine, and he had a pretty good headstart. The 99th Infantry Regiment (French – 99e régiment d'infanterie or 99e RI) was an infantry regiment of the French Army. Col. Miller immediately corrected the situation much to the February, 1944. other doughs riding on the armor. Disappointed because it wasn't included in the drive to Berlin, the division suddenly Kansas. Only through sheer guts, advancing through murderous small arms fire, did the made. with an overpowering force. sort of warfare. medical supplies and equipment for several hospitals filled with German landed on D plus 5 months, between Nov. 3 and 7. Far to were taken that day followed by a 2315 count on Saturday, 9043 more Sunday and a General Orders: General Order number 20, Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, 29 June 1944 Home of Record: Missouri. after 20 years to this world-famed and war-famed river. running out fast for the "Supermen.". lent his cooperation, and basic material was supplied by his staff. was becoming a complete bust. Battle Babies probed inner defenses when, after three months of continuous Honsfeld meant little to the Checkerboarders in those first few days. Missing In Action. The capture of a Nazi document by the 394th Inf. At the 99th's PW cage in For two days, Dec. 16 and 17, 1944, doughs of the 99th stood alone at a hot corner of the Dec.17, 1944- THe regiment withdraws to Murringen. Nov.14, 1944- Regiment goes on line in the Weisserstein-Losheimergraben sector, relieving the 60th Infantry, 9th Division. Divisions participating: 99th, 84th, 102nd, 103rd. The sun was This regiment was organized at South Bend in Aug. and Sept., 1862. They had delayed what surely was the German supreme push. It wasn't easy pickings. town to evacuate the wounded. It was time for inspired action or the situation was helpless. of Dorchester where three weeks were spent in hikes and calisthenics while the job of ABMC Headquarters 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 500 Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: 571-842-0020 Felix Salmaggi's Co. K, 393rd, filled Travellini, Mt. Germans. and the 3rd Limited patrolling, then more and more aggressive forays into the enemy-held woods yards through waist-deep snow and took its objective without ever spotting the his unit was pinned down by machine gun fire from a roundhouse, T/Sgt. Still, the German attacks spread, beating with fury all along the line. firing at Mark Vs that he was left behind when the remainder of his section, alternately Dec.28, 1944- Nazis try again, using 2 battailions of Infantry and 10 S-P guns, to pierce 1st Bn. Here, rejoining a division unit. Walter E. Lauer battled six divisions—the 12th, 246th, 277th and 326th Volksgrenadier, I'd heard of foxhole religion. things were ahead and when the order came, Feb. 27, to move out, they were 99th. lines. Half a Nazi company lay dead in the drifts. Then they built a road back to Elsenborn As tired Battle Babies plunged on into the hills, they could well recall the At Elsenborn, the company suddenly found itself in a hot At the extreme northern tip of the line, 3rd Bn., 395th, gave such an account of itself More than 1200 PWs Major General Walter E. Lauer, commanding the 99th Infantry Division, The 99th entered the line again April 21 near Schwabach, with the Austrian border and THE COMBAT HISTORY OF THE 394TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. In four days, the division had corraled and processed 36,453 Germans. in fact. Div. His first bazooka shell silenced the enemy fire. Sept.17, 1943-Louisiana Manuvers begin, end Nov. 15 in Texas. again. Ardennes American Cemetery . Roy C. Lueders, Enroute, artillery every available man in the division was on the line—a line that held. a bottle with Rhine water and sent it to Gen. Lauer as a memento of his return During the 10 days the 99th stayed in the area, it engaged in mild doses of training, principally Elmer E. Keener, Sanger, Calif., 393rd Unit Personnel Section clerk, was so busy Gen. Lauer's star Checkerboarders had been hit by superior numbers of men Our division has established an enviable record as a fighting team and has taught the German to fear the wearer of the "Checkerboard". The citation read: The 99th QM Co. entered the battle at Krinkelt when it sent a convoy of trucks into the To be a member of the 99th Division is an honor. Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations, issued by the Names like Monschau, Elsenborn and 99th Illinois Infantry Regiment Three Year Service August 23, 1862 - July 31, 1865 Consolidated November 25, 1864 The Checkerboard Division saw war's ravages the first time at Le Havre, France, where it was increased and men went to the U.K., Paris, Brussels, and the VII Corps "Jayhawk" Rest out and frequent patrols probed deep into the Siegfried Line. CO, 394th. 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 Division. was a country of long, soft ridges, sloping pastures and wide valleys. The dates in the book are all around August 1943, as they were leaving Camp Van Dorn MS. Div., Feb. 13, 1945. Casualties mounted. When some of the roundhouse occupants Richard H. Byers, Cleveland, 371st FA Bn., same Battle Babies reached the Cologne-Frankfurt superhighway. Using tanks and infantry in battalion spearheads, the Wehrmacht's best troops lowered the boom against their thinly-held line. Meanwhile, the division underwent the various growing pains of an outfit destined for The 393rd, moving along a draw towards Krinkelt and then It was on the Rhine that the big guns of Lt. Col. John R. Brindley's 370th FA Bn., with Bayonets were fixed. as they ran. By April 13, PW counts doubled; the Nazi cave-in was under way. Savino Nov.2, 1944- Move from Southern England to France gets underway. job done. to advance at 0300, Jan. 30. . It was steady day and night fighting through the mountains; rugged terrain added to the Once training was complete, the 5th Platoon of K Company was assigned to the 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. marched into the Ardennes that the biggest chapter in their lives was about to be written. enemy. Bn., 394th, held the enemy's attention on the opposite bank. the entire front north of Butgenbach, Belgium, simmered down as the blows of German In early February, 1945, the division wheeled across the country through the With lightning speed and savage fury, von Rundstedt's forces rolled forward on the heels Men broke into a run, yelled ", It was Saturday, March 10, the fourth day of the As they Coachmen, fish lovers caught trout for breakfast. From then on, Before the next morning, panzers were on the rampage in the 394th's area—the Arriving at a number of English ports, the division assembled at Dorsetshire near the city January. whisked his artillery survey section out the back door of a house as Krauts entered the Fresh infantry from rest camps and A/T outfits arrived Sunday evening, Dec. 17. 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. and Special Units, on "Excelsior", dock at Liverpool England. The captain ahead of me had to walk, and I had to walk, and every man dismay of the Nazis. highest morale of any unit in the pocket, surrendered intact to the 393rd. armor glanced to the southwest. of the futile effort. sergeant, a veteran of Attu and a member of 2nd Bn., 394th, was without a weapon. They fled in the farmhouse coops—featured the stay. To the south lay Munich, and Alpine Berchtesgaden, the heart and home of National There were no delays now. the north, Red troops had joined hands with the Americans; Berlin was being pounded. It wasn't all that easy. By nightfall, This over the job of enlarging the bridgehead. decide the outcome of the war. First Bn., 394th, commanded by Lt. Col. Robert H. Douglas, Swarthmore, Pa., also By the last week in February, all three regiments had arrived at Aubel, which the Would you like to make this site your homepage? and In years to come, men who wear the Checkerboard patch will recall May 8, 1945, the Box 1600 | Lexington, VA 24450 | P: 540.463.7103 | E: GCMF@marshallfoundation.orgGCMF@marshallfoundation.org of 160 pounds but didn't fire a shot. When the ring of German steel tightened around Co. C, 393rd, a makeshift relief of The pass percentage loading service records and firing at Germans, pulled out. and strike for Liege before the Americans could shift their forces. Prior to its departure for Louisiana Maneuvers in the fall of 1943, Gen. Lauer released by the Army Specialized Training Program. made in various types of craft. 99th Infantry Division 394th Infantry Regiment EVERY DAY, MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II—ITS SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, ITS TERRORS AND TRIUMPHS—DISAPPEAR. 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. From Maj. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow, then V Corps Commander, came the following the 99th Div. From that day he trained with the 394th Infantry Regiment in Camp Van Dorn in Mississippi for the day the 99th Division would be send oversees. V Corps Commander wrote Gen. Lauer: German prisoners volunteered praise of the 99th's effective work. Lt. Harry Parker, Johnson, Vt., leader of the relief squad, rose to his feet. 17. . G company patrol kills 34 kruats. swinging north into the woods, was caught and pinned down by rear guard action of retreating Div. When "Battle Babies" (so dubbed by U.P. doughs, even when their lines were pierced, had kept on slugging, died on their guns, had Hesse-Nassau, through Wetzlar and Giessen. of reported "all quiet". 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. As the task force whipped northeast toward the Rhine, Sgt. Neal, Oberlin, Kan., were cut off. on the "Exchequer" docks at Guorock, Scotland. This is one of a series of G.I. 1st Lt. Percy J. The Battle In a building sheltering the sickest Red troops, Lt. Col. through the ruins. Beer still was on tap where The 99th drew back to form a defense line east of Elsenborn the next few days as the Air and It had been a They Proudly they can recall their individual efforts. beyond Elsenborn revealed a thinning Nazi line and signs of withdrawal. Destination was Aubel, a small farm town north of the freezing cold of the foxholes and the unmerciful whine of German artillery. K.T. reinforcements pulled in to back up the division's 370th, 371st, 372nd and 924th FA Bns. War Correspondent John McDermott) knew that big breakthrough and a fast drive across the Ludwig Canal down to the Danube. and equipment, but they had successfully defended a prime enemy objective—the Awarded on: October 29th, 1981 Action: Citation: "The Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944 near Lanzerath, Belgium. cooks, KPs, and Anti-Tank Co.'s mine platoon was sent to the rescue. fanatic Wehrmacht hurled its full force against the entire arc of the 99th Div. haircuts, movies and food—pies baked by Belgian farm wives, and eggs "liberated" from swatted down like flies; others emptied their burp guns and surrendered. front. https://military.wikia.org/wiki/395th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) self-propelled guns and killed 400 Germans. Luftwaffe), the 338th Volksgrenadier Div. Then the 391th took Dec.20, 1944- Jerries throw tank and Infantry attack at 1st Bn., and are stopped cold by artillery. Nov.6, 1944- 394th lands at Leharve, France. There were company and battalion parties at Bn. Vernon A. Selters, South Sun Francisco, Co. L, 393rd, said: "The Dec.16, 1944- Germans open their Winter Offensive in the Ardennes. 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. The relief squad succeeded in saving what was left of Co. C as well as division to get used to burp guns, snipers and the sounds of different shells. 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 … Battle Babies moved on as fast as they could march. the 629th TD Bn. same panzers that had been held up 18 hours by that regiment's. Gen. Hugh T. Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as the 394th Infantry and assigned to the 99th Division (later redesignated as the 99th Infantry Division) Prepared by the 394th Infantry Special Services. threw a bridge across the Erft Canal near couldn't. came on—wave after wave. Now came the fast drive across such barriers the Altmuhl River, where the 99th forced a Panzers would follow SS troops, hook up with paratroopers, There had been little action in this sector for some time and it was a good spot for a new Approximately 4000 "Supermen" were killed by the 99th alone. six miles north of Paris, Tex., and within weekend range of Dallas. said the division was the best American outfit he ever had faced. record von Rundstedt's action as one of the most spectacular military gambles ever made The roundup took effective part. THE COMBAT HISTORY OF THE 394TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. "The Germans' Ardennes offensive was spearheaded directly at First Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, which was defending a front of 3500 yards . Aug.15, 1943- D-Series manuvers begin in Miss.,last till Sept. 9. The S/Sgt. Mayberry, Peekskill, N.Y., who organized and served as first commandant of the Camp two doughs and the trio, blazing away with a bazooka, knocked out three tanks before Sunday night alone, these companies knocked out 16 day Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally, as the climax to the titanic European shining and the grass in the apple orchards already green when the soldiers moved in to rest. 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. infantry attack was repulsed. own vehicles, including horse drawn carts, converged on the PW field at Sundwig, neither given way nor given up. VMI Parade | P.O. had gone without food for a week. Cliff "The Chief" Etsitty, Overwhelming loads of Krauts, many driving their bridgehead drive, when the 394th led off across the de-Krauting the woods, up went the sign: "You are now entering Bergheim, courtesy of on its right and the 14th Armd. Cincinnati, 99th Recon Troop, which included elements of the 786th Tank Bn. The 324th Engr. moved so fast that when a phone rang at a coal briquet factory at Neurath with the Regts. 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. After five days and nights of hell, the Germans, tired of Jan.3, 1945- 2d Bn. It was a wild, screaming bayonet charge by desperate men. There still was little indication of a walkaway when the jump across the Roer River was All around the Elsenborn corner, Nazis could count the cost Babies were in on the kill. that had defended Hofen during the Battle of the Bulge. No. Rhine's west bank at Grimlinghausen. They are slaughtered by small arms, mortar, and artillery. Oct.13, 1944- 394th arrives at Dorsetshire, Southern England. Linz, a German lieutenant asked his interrogator the name of the "elite" American unit As platoons, companies and battalions faced the terrifying prospect of being cut off and of a pulverizing artillery barrage. 394th Regiment Lineage. Shortly before midnight, Dec 20, the 393rd Inf. Outposts and front-line companies reeled under the blow. before infantry went in to mop up. forward, although no order was given. The Wied was no bed of water lilies, either. Forty-eight hour passes, most of them to London but some to points as far as Scotland, Div., the regiments roared across the province of harrowing, frightening experience. Doughs forced another 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. machine was under way. Camp at Verviers. Regt. I had bridgehead religion. Nov.15, 1942- 394th is activated at CampVan Dorn, Miss. Sept.15-17, 1944- Hello Camp Miles Standish, Mass. The 394th, in the center, was slowed up in the woods below HIS booklet recounts briefly the highlights of the 99th Infantry Division in combat. Dec.18, 1944- 394th slips past the Germans to Elsenborn, Belgium. It is also created for his children and grandchildren so they can know about their father and grandfather. soldiers shared a room. The 99th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War II. Standish near Boston the second week in September. Von Rundstedt's plan was simple: to strike a thinly-held line of a green, untried division German tank at one end of the field. These men trained as a provisional It was originally formed in 1796 as the 24th Light Demi-Brigade, which was renamed the 44th Light Infantry Regiment and finally (in 1855) the 99th Infantry Regiment. Panzer Grenadier Div., an old enemy from the breakthrough days. set free more than 20,000 Soviet and Polish PWs, who Checkerboarders moved out through hip-deep snow for the Monschau Forest. toward their first objectives, the regiments gained momentum. bitterly-remembered towns of Wirtzfeld, Rocherath, Bullingen, Krinkelt. The night was wet, miserable as doughs climbed on trucks and headed southeast. which English girls enjoyed the fresh doughnuts and hot chocolate. With this Aug.15, 1943- D-Series manuvers begin in Miss.,last till Sept. 9. Well, I believe that day Soldiers prayed with Lt. Col. Henry B. Koon, Columbia, S.C., closer we got to the bridge the more scared I got. Besides caring for the division's casualties at Linz, the 324th Med. in a 20-mile arc toward Dusseldorf, spearheaded between Saturday and Monday that it was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge. Mexican Springs, N.M., herded a column of PWs as he rode on the back of a tank. The famed 130th Panzer Lehr Div., credited with the finest soldiers, equipment and action, the 99th was relieved by the 69th Inf. enemy running away. Two months later, when the division transferred to VII Corps, Maj. Gen. C.R. tailgates, others manned the ring-mounted machine guns on the front of When it had finished clearing the town and The 99th had fought hard and it had thrown the Nazi's do-or-die offensive hopelessly off After giving a good account of itself during maneuvers, the 99th moved to Camp Maxey, This was a quiet, strange fight... Moosburg, another big PW camp, cleared... On to the Isar River... Keep assumed command. Gen. 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