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Nohelmer, Philip J., Pvt, PH R.A., New Brunswick, N. J.
This indicates that he served during the Rhineland and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) campaigns. As his rank is listed as Pvt. rather than Pfc. he was most likely a replacement.
January 4, 1945 was the third day of the Allied counterattack to close the Bulge and drive the German forces back into Germany. He was killed in action during the battle for the village of Beffe in the far Northwest corner of the German penetration of the Ardennes. The following is from the division history, "The 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of Germany" by Lt. Theodore Draper:
"For four days we tugged and we pulled around Beffe and Devantave. They were the hardest four days the men in this action had ever spent and most of them were veterans. . . The problem of Beffe was typical. It was not so much that the enemy had left strong forces in Beffe itself. It was that he was able to pour deadly fire from very favorable positions -- from Consy ridge, about a 1,000 yards to the southeast (and from other locations) . . . Much of the fighting went on for Beffe itself . . .
"On January 4, the village was subject to an intense artillery bombardment. At about 11 o'clock in the morning the 335th's Company B began to move in. Meanwhile, the 335th's Company C retook Magoster and continued on to Beffe and dug in. The village was practically deserted. In effect, after holding us up, the enemy was content to give up only to fall back to another defendable position . . . "
One other Company B man was killed in action during the Beffe operation although a larger number of casualties took place on January 3 when the fighting was much heavier.
I was a radio operator with the 335th's Company K during operations in this area. The story is told in detail in my memoir, "Dear Captain, et al.: the Agonies and the Ecstasies of War and Memory." That book paints a picture of what the war was like at this time. It may be found at a variety of Internet book sellers.
Thank you for your inquiry and I would be glad to try and answer any further questions.
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