After Action Report: 634th TD Battalion - September 1944 (Map-enabled, v1.0)

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HEADQUARTERS

634th TANK DESTROYER BATTALION

APO 230 US Army

1 Oct 44

SUBJECT: Action against Enemy, Reports after/after Action Reports

TO: The Adjutant General, War Department, Washington D.C.

1. Following report for the 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion for the month of September, 1944, is submitted:

a. Original Unit: no change.

b. Changes in Organization:

1) Attached to 1st US Inf Div (and relieved of attachment to 1st TD Gp) 11 Sep 44 -- per Par 6 Troop Assignment No. 29, Hq VII Corps, dated 14 Sep 44.

2) Reorganized under T/O and E 18-25, 15 Mar 44 and Change 1 thereto on the 16th of Sep 44 -- per let, 320, Subject: Reorganization, from Hq First US Army, dated 16 Sep 44.

c. Strength

0001, 1 Sep 44:34 Officers1 WO584 EM
2400, 30 Sep 44:32 Officers1 WO601 EM
Net Loss:2 officers
Net Gain:17 EM

d. Stations:CoordinatesDate of ArrivalDate of Departure
Chevregny, Fr. (N9904) 31 Aug2 Sep
La Capelle, Fr. (O2958) 2 Sep3 Sep
Maubeuge, Fr. (O3094) 3 Sep4 Sep
Nouvelles, Bel. (O3207) 4 Sep6 Sep
Monceau, Bel. (J6106) 6 Sep7 Sep
St. Marc, Bel. (J9514) 7 Sep8 Sep
St. Georges, Bel. (K3024) 8 Sep11 Sep
Herve, Bel. (K5929) 11 Sep12 Sep
Aubel, Bel. (K6734) 12 Sep13 Sep
Hirtz, Bel. (K7636) 13 Sep15 Sep
Hauset, Bel. (K8335) 15 SepNone

e. Marches: Not applicable -- See Appendix No. 1.

f. Campaign:

(1) Name - Western Europe.

(2) Duration - Began 6 Jun 44 and continues this date.

(3) Purpose - Destruction of German Armies.

(4) Authority - Par 2, General Orders 49, 1944, War Department, Washington, D.C.

g. Battles: See Appendix No. 1.

h. Commanding Officers in important engagements: Not applicable.

i. Losses in Action:

Grade or RankNameASNType of CasualtyDate in Sep/44
PfcWilliam D. Evans38124082KIA3
PfcMax G. Faust33246516KIA3
SgtJames M. LaSage36243881LWA3
CplCharles C. Pickrel37200592SWA3
Tec 5Edgar R. Nettles38087261SWA3
1st Lt.HARRY E. LINTZ01822026SWA3
Tec 5Willard W. Weatherford33095631SIA3
CplKirk P. Reddell38128922SIA3
1st Lt.RUSSELL H. KOONTZ01823171LWA5
CplJoseph C. Arnold34199050SWA6
PvtWilliam H. Sheldon32921950SWA10
SgtAlvin L. Preble20714283KIA11
1st Lt.RANDOLPH L. MARSHALL01824774LWA13
PvtRobert L. Saunders33628112LWA15
PfcDennis D. Ashlock18155539LWA16
SgtMax H. Diddy37043152LWA17
1st Lt.COLE R. CUTLER01822539LWA18
PvtDorman P. Ducote38197756KIA18
Tec 5Allen D. Palmer37126227LWA18
PvtLloyd F. Kelly36182709LWA18
Tec 5Donald F. Gollhardt16064950LIA18
SgtFrank J. Vojtisek37023214LWA18
CplRichard E. Cooper37028472LWA18
Tec 5George W. Wolff33142751LWA18
PfcLewis P. Gaither38181895LWA18
CplHenry I. Goodwin38107625DOW19
PfcWilliam Fletcher38223170KIA24
PfcFloyd Disney35793308SWA26

j. Former members who have distinguished themselves in action: None.

Present members:

Sgt (then Pvt) Grover Anderson, 37024896, FA, Silver Star Medal -- per Par I General Orders No. 53, Hq VII Corps, dated 4 Sep 44.

1st Lt. JEREMIAH N. SILVERMAN, 0414621, FA, Bronze Star Medal -- Per Sec V, General Orders No. 83, 1st US Inf Div, dated 13 Sep 44.

k. Photographs: None.

l. Inclosures: Battalion Journal from 1 Sep to 30 Sep 44 incl. and the complete file in support thereof.

[SIGNED]
HENRY L. DAVISSON,
Lt. Col., F. A.,
Comdg.

5 Incls:
Incl #1 Unit Journal & Supporting Documents 1 Sep 44 to 6 Sep 44 Incl.
Incl #2 Unit Journal & Supporting Documents 7 Sep 44 to 12 Sep 44 Incl.
Incl #3 Unit Journal & Supporting Documents 13 Sep 44 to 18 Sep 44 Incl.
Incl #4 Unit Journal & Supporting Documents 19 Sep 44 to 24 Sep 44 Incl.
Incl #5 Unit Journal & Supporting Documents 25 Sep 44 to 30 Sep 44 Incl.

Appendix No. 1, Action Against Enemy, Reports After/After Action Reports for Period 1 Sep 44 to 30 Sep 44.

1 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (996046) at 1930B, 1 Sep 44, to bviouac area at (105165) closing at 2045B, 1 Sep 44. Total distance marched: about 19 miles.

2 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (105165) at 021515B, and closed in new bivouac area at (293588) at 021840B. Total march distance: 42 miles.

3 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from Bivouac area at (293588) at 031400B. Closed in new bivouac area at (308940) at 032000B. March distance: 32 miles.

4 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (308940) at 041430B to new bivouac area at (325078) , closed in new area at 041530B. March distance: 10.5 miles.

5 Sep 44

Bn Hq & Rcn Co Hq personnel captured 26 PW’s in immediate vicinity of bivouac area at (325078) .

6 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from Biv area at (325078) at 061730B, closing in new bivouac area at (615063) at 061930B. March distance: 22 miles.

7 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (615063) at 071345B. Closed in new bivouac area (954142) at 071620B. March distance: 36 miles.

8 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (954142) at 081340B, and closed in new area (308243) at 081610B. March distance: 33 miles.

9 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) remained in bivouac area as of 8 Sep 44. Much needed motor maintenance performed extensively during this period.

10 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area (308253) at 101330B, closing in new area at (595294) at 101605B. March distance: 26 miles.

11 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) remained in positions as of 10 Sep 44. No activities.

12 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (595294) at 121330B. Closed in new bivouac area at (675345) at 121500B. March distance: 8 miles.

13 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) moved from bivouac area at (675345) at 131445B. Closed in new bivouac area at (764361) at 131415B. March distance: 9 miles.

14 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons) remained in position as of 13 Sep 44. Pioneer Platoon of Rcn Co attached and joined 1st Bn, 1st Div Engineers at (833353) at 141330B. Mission of Pioneer Platoon, to remove roadblocks and clear roads for Regtl Supply Trains in Div zone of Action. Otherwise, no activities. Co CP at (764361) .

15 Sep 44

Bn (- Co’s A, B, & C and attached Rcn Platoons and Pioneer Platoon) moved from bivouac area (764361) at 151830B to new bivouac area (839360) , closing at 151915B. March distance: 6.5 miles.

16 Sep 44

Pioneer Platoon of Rcn Co returned to Bn control and closed in area vicinity of Bn CP, at 161600B. Otherwise no activities.

17 Sep 44

No change.

18 Sep 44

No change.

19 Sep 44

No change.

20 Sep 44

No change.

21 Sep 44

No change.

22 Sep 44

No change.

23 Sep 44

No change.

24 Sep 44

No change.

25 Sep 44

No change.

26 Sep 44

No change.

27 Sep 44

No change.

28 Sep 44

No change.

29 Sep 44

No change.

30 Sep 44

No change.

Company “A”

1 Sep 44

Company A plus 1st Platoon of Rcn Co attached to 26th Inf Regt. 1st Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. Co moved with respective Bns by 1800B to assembly area at (238332) . Closed by 2400B. No opposition met. Co CP at (238332) .

2 Sep 44

Company moved with respective Bns from (238332) . Co CP located at (282751) . Platoons remained with units to which attached.

3 Sep 44

Co moved at 0800B with 1st Platoon remaining in position until refueled; joined column at 1300B and was attached to 2nd Bn. Platoon serves as roadblock for the Bn at (236950) and (248962) . Rejoined column after Bn had cleared these points. 2nd Platoon marched with column. 3rd Platoon marched with 3rd Bn. Ey column was coming down road between (215968) and (249980) . One section 3rd Platoon went with Inf to (238969) . One (1) M-10 was hit by Ey fire and burned. Other M-10 fired on 2 houses at (231970) , destroying both. Probably destroyed AT Gun and MG at that position. 2nd section caught by Ey column at (248979) and destroyed eight (8) Ey GP vehicles, and a number of horse-drawn vehicles. TD crews and Inf captured 150 PW’s at this point. One (1) command car and Officer also captured. After action, platoons moved on toward objective. Co CP at (268072) . Rcn Platoon was detached from CP Gp on march to establish roadblock at (249980) .

4 Sep 44

Co A (+ 1st Platoon of Rcn Co) attached to 26th Inf Regt. 1st & 2nd Platoons attached to 2nd Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. 1st Platoon with part of 2nd Bn moved south to escort F.A. & Regtl Trains to Regtl area. Fired 29 rds HE into Ey Inf. Results undetermined. Rcn Platoon reported back to CP at 1900B. During the previous night the Platoon had served as a roadblock for rear echelon of Regt. They captured 200 PW’s. One (1) m-8 fired approximately 16 rds HE. Platoon was used on 4 Sep to escort PW’s to rear areas. Co A CP at (268072) .

5 Sep 44

At 1330B 1st Platoon went with Inf and Tanks to mop out area from (289073) to (275085) , as far east as (322060) . No ammo expended. 18 PW’s captured. Returned at 1730B to previous roadblock positions. 3rd Platoon moved at 1330B to area at (302057) to clean out Ey. Platoon moved with Inf and Tanks. One TD fired 6 rs HE at Inf in woods (302057) to clean out Ey. Results undetermined. 20 PW’s captured. One (1) Officer slightly wounded and evacuated. At 1700B, 3rd Platoon returned to previous roadblock positions. 2nd Platoon remained in roadblock positions entire day. At 09015B, Recon Platoon escorted 1150 PW’s to rear area. Co CP at (268072) .

6 Sep 44

Co moved with 26th Inf Regt from area at (268072) to objective in vicinity of Charleroi. No resistance met on route. Co CP at (651107) .

7 Sep 44

1st & 3rd Platoons attached to 3rd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co moved with 26th Inf Regt to objective in vicinity of Longchamps & L’Aingle. CP located at (933238) . 1st Platoon took position at (993254) ; 2nd Platoon at (980247) ; at 1700B, 3rd Platoon moved to (002258) for motor maintenance. Regt met only slight resistance on march to objective. No action by TD’s.

8 Sep 44

Co moved to vicinity Noville (335315) , closing by 1500B. No 3 inch ammo expended, but a few rounds MG ammo fired at enemy Inf. At 1900B, 1st & 3rd Platoons moved with 3rd Bn to vicinity of Liege to defend area for river crossing. Co CP at (322305) . 1st Platoon at (442009) ; 2nd Platoon at (342320) ; 3rd Platoon at (466315) . Rcn Platoon guarded service echelon of 26th Inf Regt.

9 Sep 44

Co remained in same positions as of 8 Sep 44. 1st Platoon of Rcn Co joined Regtl I & R Platoon at 0530B; moved to La Chavee (537613) and set up roadblock, remaining there until 2000B; then moved to Halland and set up another roadblock.

10 Sep 44

Co moved across Meuse River. CP and 2nd Platoon closed by 1500B. 1st & 3rd Platoons closed by 2100B. 1st Platoon at (570294) ; 2nd Platoon at (561305) ; 3rd Platoon at (572308) . Co CP at (561295) . Rcn Platoon left roadblock at 1900B and joined Service Co for their protection in coming move. Snipers active at roadblock.

11 Sep 44

1st Platoon and 2nd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. Co CP, 1st & 2nd Platoon remained in same positions, 3rd Platoon moved from (572308) with 3rd Bn to (61339).

12 Sep 44

Co moved with 26th Inf Regt. CP located at (682358) . 1st Platoon at (666351) ; 3rd Platoon at (680370) .

13 Sep 44

1st & 3rd Platoons attached to 3rd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co moved with 26th Inf Regt. 1st Platoon at (825387) ; 2nd Platoon at (822363) . 3rd Platoon in roadblock position at (803382) .

14 Sep 1944

Co moved with 26th Inf Regt to new area. CP at (786328) . 1st Platoon established roadblock at (825387) ; 2nd Platoon (322363) ; 3rd Platoon at (803382) .

15 Sep 44

Co moved forward in 26th Inf Regt’s space of action. Co CP at (807359) .

16 Sep 44

1st & 3rd Platoons attached to 3rd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co moved forward in zone of action. Co CP at (877373) .

17 Sep 44

Co remained in positions in vicinity of Aachen during the period. Firing positions at: 1st section of 1st Platoon at (848400) , 2nd section (848392) ; 1st section of 2nd Platoon at (870417) , 2nd section at (872413) ; 3rd Platoon at (861412) . Co CP at (877373) .

18 Sep 44

Co remained in same positions as of 17 Sep 44. 3rd Platoon fired 35 rds HE, direct fire on houses and adjoining woods (863415) . Results; nine (9) houses destroyed, one (1) pillbox destroyed. Co CP at (877375) .

19 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 18 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

20 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 19 Sep 44. At 201350B, 1st Platoon fired four (4) Cal. .50 MG’s indirect fire, unobserved from (868404) to (872445) ; 800 rds Cal. .50 MG expended. Results unknown. Co CP at (877373) .

21 Sep 44

Co remained in same positions as of previous day. Co CP at (877373) .

22 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 21 Sep 44. Co CP (877373) .

23 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 22 Sep 44. Heavy mortar and artillery fire has fallen on all gun positions continuously since occupation 16 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

24 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 23 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

25 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 24 Sep 44. Gun positions continue to be subjected to mortar and artillery fire. 1st & 3rd Platoons fired direct fire on eight (8) houses used by Ey as OP’s. All houses destroyed. Rds expended: 1st Platoon, 15 APC, and 15 HE; 3rd Platoon, 11 APC, and 18 HE. Co CP at (877373) .

26 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. Co remained in firing positions as of 25 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

27 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. No activities. Co CP at (877373) .

28 Sep 44

Co remained in firing positions as of 27 Sep 44. Ey mortar and arty fire still pounding the Gun positions. Co CP at (877373) .

29 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remain in direct fire positions as of 28 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

30 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in direct fire positions as of 29 Sep 44. 1st Platoon at (849400) ; 2nd Platoon at (871417) ; 3rd Platoon at (862411) . All Gun positions have noticed slight decrease in the amount of Ey mortar and artillery fire falling on their positions. Co CP at (877373) .

Company “B”

1 Sep 44

Company B (+ 1st Platoon Rcn Co) attached to 18th Inf Regt; 1st Platoon attached to 3rd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co CP, 2nd & 3rd Platoons moved from (053133) at 1300B advancing through Chambry, Froidmont - Cohartville, Touils et Attencourt at which time the 2nd & 3rd Platoons moved into an assembly area. Column was fired upon by Ey Guns which were in flanking positions. TD’s took up direct fire positions on road north of Deroy (081306) ; 2nd Platoon fired 55 rds on an OP in a church steeple, and on tree bursts above Ey positions. Ey OP neutralized. 3rd Platoon fired 15 rds HE, direct fire for harassing effect, on main road north of Deroy. 1st Platoon moved with 3rd Bn at 1300B to vicinity of Marle et Behaine (145341) . Co CP at (102294) .

2 Sep 44

Co CP and 1st & 2nd Platoons attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co CP & 1st & 2nd Platoons with 1st Bn as the assault Bn, left (102294) at 0730B. The route of march was through Voharies, La Vallee, Chigny to assembly area (183698) . Considerable Ey opposition was met en route. Firefights developed in several places. One (1) TD of 2nd Platoon fired 3 rds HE and destroyed one (1) GP veh, & one (1) SP AA Gun at (139491) . 1st Platoon used to cover the advance of 3rd Bn. One (1) TD Crew plus Inf riding on TD, captured 50 prisoners. 3rd Platoon covered the advance of the 2nd Bn. No action was reported. Co CP at (183698) .

3 Sep 44

1st Platoon attached to 3rd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co moved from (183698) at 0830B. Platoons moved with their respective Battalion in direct support of their advance. Route of march through Leval, Pont-Sur-Lasmbre to assembly area at (210945) . Platoons moved to AT positions in vicinity of Bavai (195960) . 2nd Platoon moved with the 1st Ben to enter town at 1300B, being used as assault guns, firing at houses, OP’s and Ey Inf. After entering town, one (1) TD pulled into rear of Ey column and at about a 30 yd range, destroyed one (1) AT Gun, one (1) AP AA Gun, and 7 GP vehicles. 29 Ey killed & 25 Ey wounded; 5 PW’s taken; 4 rds APC, 71 rds HE expended; one (1) officer wounded in leg; evacuated. Co CP at (210945) .

4 Sep 44

1st Platoon in AT positions on road leading to Bavai (195960) . One section of 1st Platoon used in conjunction with one Platoon of Inf & MG section to flush Inf out of the woods NE of Bavai. TD’s fired 10 rds HE into woods on Ey Inf. 30 PW’s captured. 3rd Platoon moved from assembly area at 1700B in support of 2nd Bn on attack toward Sar-LaBruyere, arriving on their objective at 2300B. Considerable resistance was met. Two EM wounded and remained on duty. One EM wounded and evacuated.

5 Sep 44

Co used in AT positions to roadblocks into Bavai (195160) . One section of 1st Platoon fired into woods near Bavai to drive out Ey Inf. All positions more or less static. Co CP at (210945) .

6 Sep 44

Co moved during the day with 18th Inf Regt, into assembly area at (685025) . At 1900B, Platoons supported their respective Battalions. No Ey resistance encountered.

7 Sep 44

Co moved from (685025) at 0930B. Arrived in new assembly area (965147) at 1500B. No Ey resistance. 3rd Platoon operated as part of a task force, which came out of 1st Bn. Their mission was to destroy a reported force of 500 Germans. Co CP at (065147) .

8 Sep 44

Co moved from (065147) at 0830B. Platoons moved in direct support of their respective Battalions. No Ey resistance met. Arrived in new assembly area at 1730B. Co CP at (323257) .

9 Sep 44

Co CP moved to CP of 18th Inf Regt, (329240) .

10 Sep 44

Co moved with 18th Inf Regt, leaving (323257) at 0930B. Platoons moved with their respective Battalions. 1st Platoon fired upon concrete pillboxes in vicinity (656295) . 38 rds APC, 25 rds HE, & 15 rds HE w/T105 fuse expended. One AT Gun believed to be a 47mm destroyed. One (1) TD fired 120 rds Cal. .50 MG ammo at Ey aircraft while crossing river at Liege. Rcn Platoon worked with I & R Platoon of 18th Inf Regt. Previous to move of Regt, Rcn was made near Holland border. No action reported.

11 Sep 44

Platoons moved in support of their respective Battalions. 1st Platoon was given mission of destroying a Church Steeple (location not known) which was being used as an OP by the Ey. 15 rds expended, neutralizing the OP. One (1) EM LWA by shell fragments, treated and remained on duty. Co CP at (630290) .

12 Sep 44

2nd Platoon of Rcn Co was on Rcn ahead of 2nd Bn, 18th Inf Regt as they approached railroad viaduct at (698397) . Ey activity was observed on viaduct. Fire was brought upon the Ey by an M-8 of the Platoon, forcing the Ey to withdraw, preventing them from placing charges to destroy the viaduct. Fire was also brought upon road block at this position. Eight (8) 37mm HE, 6 37mm APC, and 250 rds Cal. .50 MG ammo expended. Co CP moved from (630290) at 0930B, arriving at (672348) at 1130B. Moved from (672348) at 1900B, arriving at (713376) at 1945B. Platoons moved with their respective Battalions. 1st Platoon fired 4 rds HE at Ey tanks identified as Mk VI’s (755385) . Inf observer gave platoon credit for one (1) Mk VI tank. One (1) Officer WIA by shell fragments. 2nd & 3rd Platoons saw no action & 3rd Platoon with 2nd Bn went into Div reserve.

13 Sep 44

Co B plus 2nd Platoon of Rcn Co attached to 18th Inf Regt. Co moved forward into Regtl zone of action with Platoons giving their supported Battalions close direct fire support. 2nd Platoon fired 26 rds APC and 9 rds HE at pillbox. Also fired 5 rds HE at Ey AT Gun. Results: one (1) Pillbox destroyed and one (1) AT gun destroyed. Five (5) Ey killed and two (2) PW’s. Cal. .50 AA gun on turret top was used to very good advantage against Ey Infantry. Co CP at (758369) .

14 Sep 44

Co remained in position. 2nd Section of 2nd Platoon fired Cal. .50 MG at Ey fleeing from pillbox. Killed three (3) and took 25 PW’s. Co CP at (758369) .

15 Sep 44

Co remained in position as of previous day. 2nd Platoon knocked out a pillbox at (805745) and captured 19 PW’s. One (1) EM LWA by sniper fire and evacuated. Co CP at (758369) .

16 Sep 44

Co moved forward to area at (835377) . Platoons saw no action. One (1) EM LWA; wounded in arm by shell fragments and evacuated. Co CP at (835377) .

17 Sep 44

Co remained in position as of previous day. No action. Co CP at (835377) .

18 Sep 44

Co CP remained in position as of 17 Sep 44. 1st Platoon in Regtl Res; 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 2nd Bn. Co CP at (835377) .

19 Sep 44

On 19 Sep 44, 1st Platoon remained in Regtl Res, saw no action. 2nd & 3rd Platoons remained with their respective Battalions, saw no action. Co CP at (835377) .

20 Sep 44

Co remained in position as of previous day. 3rd Platoon fired 11 rds HE at two (2) Ey OP’s. Two (2) Ey OP’s destroyed. Co CP at (835377) .

21 Sep 44

Co remained in position as of previous day. 2nd Platoon fired 30 rds HE at Ey dug-in Inf and 30 rds APC at two (2) concrete pillboxes. Two (2) pillboxes neutralized. The effect of HE on dug-in Inf, unknown. Co CP at (835377) .

22 Sep 44

Co remained in positions south of Aachen as reported 21 Sep 44. No action. Co CP at (835377) .

23 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. Co CP at (835377) .

24 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of 23 Sep 44. CP at (835377) .

25 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. 2nd Platoon fired 18 rds HE into Schnee-B Woods at (790445) . Number of dismounted Inf and MG nests destroyed, unknown. CP at (835377) .

26 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. No action. CP (835377) .

27 Sep 44

2nd and 3rd Platoons remained in positions as of previous day. 2nd Platoon expended 8 rds APC at Ey pillboxes. Destroyed one (1) pillbox and one (1) MG. They also fired 20 rds HE into Schnee-B Woods (790455) at Ey Inf troops. Results unknown. 3rd Platoon saw no action. 1st Platoon moved to an indirect fire position at (844351) at 271615A. Mission to support 32nd FA Bn with harassing fire. Registration not completed.

28 Sep 44

2nd & 3rd Platoons remained in direct fire positions as of previous day. 1st Platoon remained in indirect fire positions (844351) , mission: harassing fire mission to be fired in grid squares (850460) (860460) (870460) (860450) . All fire unobserved. 300 rds HE expended. Results unknown. CP at (835377) .

29 Sep 44

2nd & 3rd Platoons remained in firing positions as of 28 Sep 44. 1st Platoon remained in indirect fire position at (844251) . Harassing fire missions were fired during the night. Platoon expended 476 rds HE. Results unknown. Co CP at (835377) .

30 Sep 44

2nd & 3rd Platoons remained in direct fire positions as of 29 Sep 44. 1st Platoon remained in indirect fire position at (845351) continuing to fire harassing fire on targets in vicinity of Aachen. Rds expended: 122 HE. Results unknown.

Company “C”

1 Sep 44

Co C (+ 3rd Platoon of Rcn Co) attached to 16th Inf Regt. 1st Platoon attached to 2nd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. 1st Platoon in vicinity (895095) ; 2nd Platoon in vicinity (978103) ; 3rd Platoon in vicinity of (006085) . Co CP at (980046) .

2 Sep 44

Platoons moved forward in their zone of action during the day. Rcn Platoon ordered to screen the left flank of the Div from (146352) to (059436) to (051525) to (150565) . Started 1500B; closed at 1845B. Eleven (11) PW’s captured at (130368) at 1520B. PW’s surrendered after two (2) rds 37mm HE were fired at Ey GP vehicle. Two (2) PW’s captured at (008548) at 1720B. Co CP closed in at (188543) at 1915B.

3 Sep 44

Rcn Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. Platoons moved forward with their respective Battalions in close support. Two (2) EM SIA and evacuated when an M-10 left road and hit tree in vicinity of (380030) . Five (5) rds with T-105 fuse fired at pillbox with good effect. Many PW’s captured, number unknown. Active use was made of Rcn Platoon with good results. Co CP (315123) .

4 Sep 44

1st Platoon with 2nd Bn were holding ground in vicinity of (305005) . Active patrolling in all sectors. No actual advances. Co CP at (315123) .

5 Sep 44

Co remained in vicinity of Mons. CP: no change.

6 Sep 44

Co remained in vicinity of Mons. CP: no change.

7 Sep 44

Co moved with 16th Inf Regt to objective in vicinity of Huy (230170) . March uneventful. Co CP located at (230183) .

8 Sep 44

Co remained in vicinity of Huy. CP: no change.

9 Sep 44

Co remained in vicinity of Huy. CP: no change

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10 Sep 44

3rd Platoon of Rcn Co attached to 16th Inf Regtl I & R Platoon. TD Platoons moved with respective Battalions in close support. Rcn Platoon employed as Rcn screen ahead of Regt. Rcn Platoon were 1st American Troops in Battice (646294) , engaged SS Troops in surprise fight in town at (655296) . Established roadblocks in Battice, awaiting arrival of Regt during this time; town was under Ey arty fire. The fort at (655293) was under observation of Platoon until arrival of 18th Inf Regt accompanied by 1st Platoon of Co B, 634th TD Bn. Rcn Platoon ordered into Regtl Reserve at 1330B. One (1) EM LWA; remained on duty. One (1) EM LWA; was evacuated. Co CP at (629270) .

11 Sep 44

Platoons continued close support of Tank-Inf Teams. Rcn Platoon preceded 1st Bn 16 Inf Regt to its objective; contacted Ey and determined their strength. Contact was made while Ey CP was under our observation. Action took place at (691297) . One (1) EM (s Sgt) KIA in vicinity (695303) at 1045B, while making dismounted Rcn of roadblock at this point. Two (2) PW’s captured. Mission completed and returned to Regt at 1210B. Co CP at (629270) .

12 Sep 44

Platoons continued close support of Tank-Inf Teams in their advance. Rcn Platoon screened movement of Regt to its objective. Mission completed at 1915B. Co CP closed in at (741324) at 1330B.

13 Sep 44

Platoons continued close support of Tank-Inf Teams in their advance. 1st Platoon at (819349) ; 2nd Platoon at (804356) ; 3rd Platoon at (828368) . Rcn Platoon and Co CP moved to (828347) . 1st Section 3rd Platoon destroyed one (1) Mk V Tank, one (1) Mk IV Tank, two (2) AT Guns. Three (3) pillboxes neutralized. 2nd Section 3rd Platoon destroyed one (1) SP Gun, one (1) GP vehicle, and neutralized two (2) pillboxes; all in vicinity (840374) . Rcn Platoon; no activities.

14 Sep 44

Platoons continued support of Tank-Inf Teams. Co CP at (828348) .

15 Sep 44

Co CP moved to (881412) , closing at 2030B. 2nd Platoon expended 28 rds HE, 18 rds APC, 1060 rds Cal. .50 MG in supporting 1st Bn Advance. Tanks and TD’s together, destroyed many pillboxes & MG nests. 1st Platoon at (885434) ; 2nd Platoon at (903433) ; 3rd Platoon at (880412) .

16 Sep 44

Strong counter-attacks launched against 2nd Bn 16th Inf Regt at about 0230B. Heaviest fighting on “E” Co front. TD’s gave close support (direct fire) with 3 inch guns, and Cal. .50 MG’s. At one time the fighting reached grenade throwing stage. Co CP at (880412) . Rcn Platoon preceded 1st Bn to objective, spotted battery 88mm at (884418) . Called for arty to silence them.

17 Sep 44

1st & 2nd Platoons were in AT positions on main Siegfried Line. 3rd Platoon in reserve until 1400A; then committed with 2nd Platoon Co I. At 0700A the Ey launched a coordinated counter-attack against 2nd Bn positions. Artillery and heavy mortar preparation, heaviest experience. Tanks, SP Guns, and Inf made a slight penetration, but were driven off by 1200A. One (1) Ey half-track destroyed by 1st Platoon; and 100 to 150 Ey Inf killed with 7 rds APC and 24 rds HE at (892448) . Co CP at (881412) . Rcn Platoon on roadblock to fill gap between A & B Co’s, 16th Inf Regt.

18 Sep 44

1st Platoon attached to Co C; 2nd Platoon attached to Co B; 3rd Platoon attached to Co I. 1st Platoon remained in position as of previous day. No ammo expended. Under heavy mortar and arty fire. 2nd Platoon moved to vicinity of Stolberg (924426) . 1st Bn 16th Inf (- Co C) plus attached tanks and TD’s started drive East to Stolberg at about 1200A with mission of clearing out Ey snipers, MG’s and defenses of road network through towns of Stolberg and Hamm. Ey defenses well organized. This action took place outside Div boundary and initiated for the purpose of assisting the 3rd Arm Div in moving into positions for a large scale attack on the morning of 19 Sep 44. At approximately 1400A, one (1) M-10 was destroyed by Ey AT fire at (924426) . One (1) Officer and two (2) EM LWA; one (1) EM SWA; four (4) EM LIA; 1 EM KIA. 25 rds APC, 100 rds HE expended, in reduction of buildings on outskirts of Stolberg, which were being used as sniper and MG positions. 3rd Platoon in same location as of previous day; in mobile reserve in town of Eilendorf (880430) . No ammo expended. Scattered sniper fire reported. Town being shelled by Ey medium arty. Co CP at (881412) . Rcn Platoon remained in vicinity Co CP. No action.

19 Sep 44

All platoons remained in same positions except 2nd Platoon who shifted to left 250 yds. 1st Platoon (891447) ; 2nd Platoon (923428) ; 3rd Platoon (888433) . Co CP at (881412) .

20 Sep 44

Attachments: 1st Platoon attached to 2nd Bn; 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn; 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn. All platoons remained in firing positions as of previous day and received heavy Ey mortar and artillery fire. 2nd Platoon expended 12 rds APC and 4 rds HE direct fire at two (2) very cleverly camouflaged pillboxes. They were disguised as tar-paper chicken shacks. Results one (1) AT Gun and two (2) pillboxes destroyed, (913432) and (914434) . Co CP at (881412) .

21 Sep 44

Attachments: Same as 20 Sep 44. Platoons remained in positions as previously reported. 2nd Platoon expended 14 rds APC and 16 rds HE at same two (2) pillboxes (913432) and (914434) as fired on 20 Sep 44. It is believed the Ey repaired the AT Gun and remanned the pillboxes during the hours of darkness. 3rd Platoon in mobile reserve (882413) . Co CP at (881412) .

22 Sep 44

Co remained in position as of previous day, occupying AT positions within the Siegfried Line between Aachen and Stolberg. Co CP at (881412) .

23 Sep 44

Co remained in direct firing positions as of 22 Sep 44. Co CP at (881412) .

24 Sep 44

Attachments remain the same. Platoons remain in AT positions as of 23 Spe 44. 3rd Rcn Platoon ordered out on combat mission at 240730A. Mission to counter-attack the Ey and regain possession of pillboxes at (909430) . Rcn Co reached their objective at 241230A, and held same until relieved at 250330A by Co K, 16th Inf Regt. Casualties: two (2) EM LWA, one (1) EM LIA. Rds expended: 350 rds Cal. .30 MG, 40 rds Cal. .30 Rifle, 60 rds Cal. .30 Carbine. The Platoon Commander of 3rd Platoon Co I, 18th Inf Regt, and eleven (11) EM of 3rd Platoon, Co I, 18th Inf Regt were recaptured from the enemy and eleven (11) PW’s were taken. Co OP at (881412) .

25 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. 1st & 2nd Platoon remained in AT firing positions as of 24 Sep 44. 3rd Platoon ordered to mobile reserve position Stolberg at 252130A. Co CP at (881412) .

26 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. Two (2) replacement M-10’s at Co Hq, were attached temporarily to 7th FA Bn for reinforcing harassing fire. Commenced firing 221915A. Ceasing fire at 270600A. Registration completed and four (4) concentrations fired. Approximately 2 rds every 10 minutes. Total rounds expended, 89 HE. All concentrations map data - unobserved. Co CP at (871412) .

27 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. 1st Platoon attached to 2nd Bn, 2nd Platoon attached to 1st Bn, 3rd Platoon attached to 3rd Bn in mobile reserve at Stolberg. Two (2) M-10’s remained in firing positions at (881388) . 16 rds expended or required for registration. During period 272130A to 280600A, four (4) concentrations were fired. Total rds expended: 96 HE. Air OP checked the concentrations fired the previous night, and reported the results as excellent. Co CP at (881388) .

28 Sep 44

Co remained in same position as of 27 Sep 44. 2nd Platoon reports continued mortar and arty fire falling on gun positions. Co CP at (881388) .

29 Sep 44

Co remained in positions as of previous day. 2nd Platoon in firing positions in vicinity of Stolberg. Reported marked reduction in Ey mortar and arty fire. Two (2) M-10’s in indirect fire positions at (881388) continued to fire harassing fire during the period 290600A to 300600A. Expended 312 rds HE. Results unknown. Co CP (881388) .

30 Sep 44

Attachments: No change. 1st & 2nd Platoons remained in firing positions as of 29 Sep 44. 3rd Platoon in mobile reserve position at Stolberg (930430) . Two (2) M-10’s in indirect fire position at (881388) , continued to fire harassing mission during the period. Expended 70 rds HE.