First Day in Combat

The events to be described in this note start with the first day of conflict, for the 3rd platoon of the 347th Regiment antitank (AT) company 87th Infantry Division, on December 13, 1944 in the Saar valley of France. Up until now the only important thing we had done...

The Saar

I reported to Capt. Howard J. Wall of L Company, Third Battalion, 345th Infantry Regiment. At first there was not a great deal going on in the way of combat action, but on the morning of 16 December 1944, we jumped off with a fresh, full-strength company in an attack...

First Combat

Colonel Cubbison was the BN 334 CO and I became his voice radio operator once overseas – in his command car. We arrived as a green division in the Saar Basin. The first night a couple of GIs walked into our farmyard – I think from the 26th division, the...

Baptism of Fire

It came as quite a surprise when Capt. Swanson informed me we were relieving the Third Battalion, 104th Infantry, 26th Infantry Division. I was assigned to this unit prior to joining Company I, 346th. The meeting with some former friends of the 104th seemed a little...