It is likely that Pfc Van Blarcom was a fatality at Verdenne, Belgium. The Battle of Verdenne is described in the division history, "The 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of Germany" by Lt. Theodore Draper (pages 95-100). Page 99 discusses action to take a salient between Verdenne and Bourdon as follows:
". . . At 3:30 in the morning, December 26, Companies A and B 333rd Infantry attacked the pocket but met strong fire and withdrew. At 7:05 that same morning, the enemy sent over very heavy artillery fire followed up by an infantry-tank force. All of artillery was immediately concentrated on this attack and broke it up. At 8 p'clock they tried again, this time penetrating our lines approximately 100 yards, and four more tanks broke through to join the five already in the pocket. By 9:45, however, our original lines were restored and we turned our full attention to the pocket."
The battle went on into the next morning. During the night of December 27 a patrol into the pocket found that the German forces had withdrawn. The B-333 roster indicates that ten other Company B men in addition to Pfc Van Blarcom were killed in action on December 26th.
After-action and related reports at various levels are with 84th Division records at the Suitland, Maryland facility of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Company morning report records, which list casualties and contain other information on a day-to-day basis, are on microfiche at the St. Louis,Missouri facility of NARA. However, unless there is an after-combat interview report on Verdenne at NARA-Suitland, it is unlikely that there is any additional information on the battle or Pfc Van Blarcom other than that in the Draper history.
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