Co. K, 335th Infantry, 84th Division Railsplitters
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Posted by Eli Warnock on December 14, 2015, 1:30 pm
My dad was a heavy machine gunner with the 29th Infantry Regiment ( a separate regiment that trained at Fort Benning, went to Iceland then to England and shipped out to France in the latter half of 1944. They were assigned various duties including being assigned to ADSEC/COMZ, and guarding the Red Ball Express, as well as establishing forward communications.) My dad's unit was in the vicinity of Liege in December 1944, but he was part of a small detachment that had been sent down to Jemelle to support the establishment and defense of forward communications. He said he and a buddy were on some "independent R&R" in a tiny Belgian hamlet when a jeep or truck roared in yelling at them that they were about a mile behind the rapidly advancing German front lines and that the Panzers were just up the road. They jumped aboard and headed back to Jemelle, then on to Rochefort. With no way to get back to their unit, they joined up with a hodgepodge of units defending Rochefort under the command of a major. He said at some point that they were strafed by German planes, and they mounted a machine gun onto a jeep to try to shoot down the planes. He said almost his entire gun squad was wiped out at some point, he survived mostly be being in the gunners position behind the gun, while the guys handling the ammo and the water cooling were more exposed, along with the spotter. They eventually were evacuated back to the Meuse River line and he found his way back to his main command. Sounds like they had a few more weeks of hard fighting after that before they had the Germans on the run again. I read some of the history of the 335th and it sounds like he may have fought with elements of this command around Christmas 1944. Anyone have any knowledge of guys from the 29th Infantry Regiment being with the 335th, particularly machine gunners?
- Rochefort, Jemelle - Eli Warnock December 14, 2015, 1:30 pm
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