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Great Blog on action in Bulge around Malmedy

In French but I used a online translator and worked fine!!!




Received a description from a wonderful lady in Germany that describes the action in her town during the crossing of the Rhine!!!

This would have been in the 117th Inf. Reg.'s zone.  Tremendous historical addition....many thanks to Marc Suberling and Rosa!!!

My maiden name was Rosa Kroezemann and in those days I've been 7 years old. We lived in Spellen Rheinstraße/Schweizer Straße junction , at the major road to Friedrichsfeld. The houses are still existing in the southeast of Spellen. I've been together with my mother Maria, my aunt Frieda with her three children, my brother Heinz (4 years old) and three workers from Poland, the ladies Lunka and Janka and Felix, a male worker. All three of them have been forced laborers for the agriculture.

I remember that there was an anti aircraft emplacement in the so called Sandbergen near the sports field. This is between Ork and Spellen.

During the night from 24th of March to 25th we heard artillery fire coming from the direction of Ork the whole night long. The 25th was my mother's birthday.

When the US Army marched into the village Felix took out a white flag through the window in the cellar where we sat during that hours. The soldiers were looking for the inhabitants. As they realized us we had to go upstairs escorted by the soldiers with their rifles cocked. I think there must have been nearly 30 soldiers in the house.

During the day there was heavy German gunfire from the railroad station Spellen which is only one kilometer away. The soldiers decided that all the people including themselves should go back in the cellar. One soldier was left in the hallway to guard the area.

Later a smaller grenade hit the house. The chimney from the oven got broken and we were all getting covered in black dust from the coal and soot. The soldiers and we were all looking equal.

From this vibration parts of the ceiling in the floor felt down and the guard observing the area was hit by the bricks and died in the hallway. 

In the cellar one of the soldiers offered me a chewing gum which I didn't know before. I refused it in first step. From the propaganda I thought it would be toxic. Then he shared it in two parts and ate one of them. I tried the other.

Later we all have had to leave the house and soldiers have occupied it.

I remember that a few days later has been Easter (April 1st was Easter Sunday). It has been a very good Easter because we got lots of food from the soldiers. Life could have been that beautiful for us children in that days, although my father was missing in Russia.


This report is the result of an interview I have made with Rosa in April 2014. She told me from her mind.  Marc Süberling

Photos of crossing area today....April, 2014:


Link to 30th Division Rhine River crossing page....


Liberation of Valkenburg website:


My name is Arnold Schunck, son of Pierre Schunck, who was the commander of the resistance in Valkenburg (Netherlands). When the 120th Regt. of the Old Hickory approached, he went to meet them and showed them the way into Valkenburg (see below). At that occasion he met among others Bob Hilleque, which was the beginning of a life-long friendship of my parents with Bob and his wife Marie. Now they are all dead, the four of them.

After the war, my father gave several interviews on the activities of their group. He was one of those people, who just had to tell his stories. Others couldn't do so at all. Everyone had to deal his own way with this horrific time.
I gathered these interviews at my web site, so there you can read the story, how Valkenburg was liberated by this 120th Regiment of Old Hickory. Go to
The Liberators are Approaching!

This story could be interesting for your members, especially for those few veterans who are still alive. I saw, that you already published links to similar stories. See also, at  the same page: The Liberation of Valkenburg
Tuesday I will meet some of these veterans, I heard.
Because then it will be 70 years ago. Our town invited my brother, my sister and me to participate at the celebration. Maybe one of them still remembers Bob.

We thank once more all these boys who risked or even gave their lives to liberate us from the nazi-occupation. My parents "made" me, when the allied troops landed in France, because I was born in April 1945.

Arnold Schunck



Malmedy Bombings, December, 1944



hello Warren,
Kol. Kellersberg is a settlement of houses constructed for the many coalmine workers of Alsdorf by 1900.
During October 7 to the beginning of November 1944 the people still living there found
themselves between the fronts, and passed those days in an antiaircraft tunnel day and night.
There were fights around, and German as US soldiers died before their eyes.
This I learned recently by a former citizen of that part of Kellersberg, named Helmut Pirkl, who had just 15 years at that time.
He wrote on these happenings in a forum, I copied these lines, added a photo of mine,
all this is attached to this e-mail ......however in German language.
This article is full of emotions and a professional translator should translate this into English.
I remember that I read somewhere on these fights in Kellersberg, but cannot find this again.
Could you be of help in finding that text ?

thanks for your help

Link to forum story above.....a great, great read and perspective!!!!  I did a Google translation...worked pretty good.


Tremendous adaption of the Knox Journal by Gary Boyce:

Click link:  http://geocities.ws/thedavidknoxjournal/index.htm


CLICK this LINK to READ their story by Willi Weiss


Great link to the 280th Engineering Combat Battalion....thanks Caryl Bohn!!!!



Joseph Stanley Jeglinski
Organization: Co K 117th Infantry
Highest Grade Held: Corporal
Military Occupational Specialty: Rifleman 745
Date Of Entry into Active Service: April 4th, 1944 (Drafted)
Place of Entry into service: Fort Sheridan, Illinois
Battles and Campaigns: Ardennes;Rhineland

My Grandpa, Corporal Joseph Stanley Jeglinski was born in Rome, New York, but lived most of his life in Chicago near Midway Airport. He was drafted into the United States Army on April 4th 1944 at Fort Sheridan, located in Highland Park, Illinois. Joseph was sent to Camp Fannin for basic training for 4 and 1/2 months (he trained with the 63rd Infantry, Company B). Camp Fannin is a place where more than 200,000 young American Men became Army Infantry Replacements and is located in Tyler, Texas. After basic training, Joseph was shipped overseas to the European Theatre of Operations on September 20th, 1944 and arrived on September 26th, 1944. Upon arrival, he was placed with the 117th Infantry, Company K, 30th Division (Old Hickory) also known as the “Workhorse of the Western Front”. The 30th Division was well known by the Nazi’s as they wiped out most of Hitler’s SS Divisions. He served in two of the biggest battles in World War II, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Rhineland. During the Battle of the Bulge, Corporal Jeglinski and another soldier were in the process of capturing an American soldier, but were then captured by the Germans and imprisoned for 30 days. During his time as a Prisoner of War, he ate weeds and roots to stay alive and spent most of his time in a Rail Car. While Serving in the European Theatre of Operations, Joseph loaded, aimed and fired his gun (M1 Garand) at enemy personnel for fire power support in gaining territory. He received several medals including: Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, EAME Theatre Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars and Prisoner of War Medal. His military occupation was Rifleman, 745 and wore his Combat Infantry Badge with Pride. Joseph departed Europe on May 6th, 1945 and arrived in the United States of America on May 19th, 1945. He was seperated/honorably discharged from the United States Army on December 3rd, 1945 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. My Grandpa is my Hero!
Dave Jeglinski

(Proud Grandson of Joseph Jeglinski)






Story of 2nd Lt. Henry Victor Crawford III from New Jersey...197 Field Artillery...KIA near Hebecrevon on July 26th, 1944

Click on these two Links:  Link 1   Link 2


Battle of Inde River, November, 1944..... PDF file  LINK


Hallo Sir

I am searching for information about the time the 30 th infantry was in the Netherlands.

Special  the time of 1944 1945 in the village of Rimburg.

My dad was a dutch military who was authorized to wear American clothes. He served in this days by the border police.

The only thing I can offer you are some pictures on which also is to see an American MP.

I do not know his name, but maybe there are some people in your organization who can remember him.

With kind regards

 Fer de Wit

Nieuwenhagen, Landgraaf

The Netherlands


119th Company G Reunion minutes from 1968 to 2007

1968 to 1979

1980 to 1989

1990 to 1999

2000 to 2007


Hi Warren
Shame on me!! When recently Ms.Barbara Presnell contacted me and mentioned your name, it reminds me that I wanted to share a photograph with you long before. I found it in a document "Race to the Elbe" from the 83rd Infantry website about 1 year ago. Neither it shows the Roosevelt bridge at Breitenhagen nor the more famous Truman bridge at Barby, both vital lines for the successful 83rd's Elbe-bridgehead near Barby. 
In fact it shows the unaccomplished bridge of the 2nd Armored at Magdeburg-Westerhuesen. And it's the very first good photo of their initial crossing site i've ever seen !
The full story is here: http://www.history.army.mil/documents/elbe-fm.htm
The 3rd Battalion 119th Infantry was brought over right there in DUKWs on early morning 13April1945. The construction of the ponton bridge was on it's way when German artillery started to put the building site under fire at 06.00 that day.
"Early in the afternoon of 13 April the engineers had 25 feet more to go to reach far shore, with sufficient floors constructed on the near shore to complete the bridge. At this opportune time, another heavy concentration of artillery fire started to fall scoring a Direct hit on the furthermost (east) section of the bridge, three other floats further back were knocked out, and the floats along the bank, that were ready to move into position, were also punctured. One of the power bouts, used to pull pontoons into position, was also hit and sank immediately. Adding to this a direct hit was scored on an adjacent anti-aircraft gun position, killing the crew, and knocking out the gun (Elbe Operation,20)"
I think the photo was taken at about 10.00 13April1945 when German artillery was silent so trucks could dump pontons into the river right beside the bridge.
But who took the aerial photography then? There was no air support for the crossing at Westerhusen since the advance of the entire XIXth Corps was so rapid the fighter plane's field airports where out of reach now.
But there's a hint in the Elbe Operation, Southern Switch,22:
"About 1530 (14April1945, Elbenau), the artillery F. O. managed to got his radio operating and contacted a cub liaison plane that happened to be in the vicinity".
I think it was the same small plane, low flying, maybe in search for the harassing German artillery which took the photo. And I hope that more photography has been done during the operation which awaits to be disclosed from archives and records.
Attached is a cutting of a photo from your site (MagdeburgMapB9photo) showing the same area only 4 days later. Probably made during the preceding air attack of the Magdeburg operation on 17April1945, it shows some damage in that area. But because this area was in American hands since 12April1945  it is unlikely that the USAF was strafing here. But I remember reading in a local paper the memory of an old Magdeburger who mentioned a Luftwaffe attack in Westerhusen. Maybe their very last remaining planes with the very last fuel reserve attacking the abandoned bridgehead??
I will try to find out!
Till then best regards
Juergen Ladebeck, Magdeburg


But another document gave a good reference and is probably more
The document's author was Alfred Heidelmayer (passed away in 1998?). He gave
us  the very first full and detailed story about taking Magdeburg in April
1945. Therefore he should be named on the Old Hickory Website. His report
was published in the "Magdeburger Stadjournal" on 12 April 1995. His sources
were not only the known (i.e. Lt.Houcek,Gellermann)but many eyewitnesses
tales and his personal experiencies as a German soldier then in Magdeburg.
Under the 14 April 1945 he lists German air attacks against targets in the
southeastern part of Magdeburg. I think that's the damage to see on
MagdeburgMapB9photo. Even the date seems to fit well. On that day (14 April)
the German counterattack lead by Hauptmann Karl Rieger throw the American
units (includes 119IR 3rd Bttln) back to the Elbe's west bank. At afternoon
the Germans reached the crossing site at Westerhuesen and finally destroyed
the incomplete ponton bridge from the east bank. Thus on 17April
MagdeburgMapB9photo is no more bridge visible. The German air attack seems
to be a supporting mission to nail down the American 2nd Armored units on
the west bank at Westerhuesen. Almost unbelievable at this stage of war but

Think it's an interesting story so far!

Heidelmayer Document


You Tube video of Lt. Clair Kilton, 117th Co. F


Seine River Crossing  Aug. 27th - 30th

Journal Entrees

Morning Reports for 117th, Company F

Vintage Maps and excerpts from the 30th history, 117th history and 117th 1st Battalion  Big files...be patient!

Partial causality list of 117th


Casualties from Seine Crossing 117th:
Leeman, Cyril E.   Pvt 31399962 117   KIA 08/28/1944
Moss, Jack H.   Pfc 34762716 117   MIA    KIA 08/27/1944
Blade, Robert E.   Pfc 33683493 117   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Cassels, Andrew   Pvt 31445586 117   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Frazier, Ernest E.   Pvt 38385920 117   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Proctor, Kermit W.   Pvt 34670463 117   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Butcher, Leslie M.   Pfc 35760523 117   MIA    KIA 08/29/1944
Baughn, Claudie   Pfc 34197975 117/2 BN   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Krone, Karl A., Jr.   Pvt 33758286 117/A   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Taylor, P. B.   Pvt   117/B   WIA 08/27/1944
Carroll, William E.   Pvt   117/B   WIA 08/30/1944
Gross, Richard A.   Pfc 16068334 117/D   MIA    KIA 08/27/1944
Stogner, Andrew J.   Sgt 34320000 117/D   MIA   KIA 08/27/1944
McConnell, Paul W.   Pfc   117/D   WIA 08/27/1944
Walsh, Francis J. Jr.   1LT   117/F   WIA SWA 08/28/1944
Delauder, Carl H.   Pvt 35394814 117/F   KIA 08/28/1944
McGrath, John T.   Pvt 33586663 117/F   MIA    KIA 08/28/1944
Bracken, Elmer H.   Sgt 35687203 117/F   MIA    KIA 08/29/1944

Personal Map drawn by 1st Lt. Francis J. Walsh of CO. F, 117th:

Photo of Lt. Walsh:


Link to Old Hickory tribute song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTn2oyBGVQ


My name is Nick Geerling and i live in Valkenburg (The Netherlands)
I met the veterans of the Old Hickory for the first time 5 years ago.
Since then i have wrote with 5 of them.
Last september i saw a few of them again, that was great!
I have a lot of respect for them, so i have written and sung a song for these heroes.
I gave them a CD with this song on it but i don’t think they can play it in the U.S.
So i thougt maybe you can do something with it?
Here is the YouTube link :
Will you please let me know what you think of it?
Greetings Nick


Link to Alsdorf, Germany history:  http://www.kokerei-anna-alsdorf.de/