The story of your father is a powerful reminder of what the war was like for those of us who fought it. You are right. As a fellow infantryman in Company K, 335th Infantry on November 29, 1944 I know how it was. It was our first offensive action and only about one platoon or a little more plus a mortar and machine gun section of Company K and one platoon of Company I got through to the objective at Lindern --- a critical point on high ground overlooking the Roer River, which the Germans fought hard to hold.
As you noted most of Company I became lost in the early morning darkness and had to surrender. The same happened to portions of Company K when they failed to make a critical turn at an obscure dirt road in a sugar beet field and walked into the German defense lines.
Company K and the one platoon of Company I was on line for four days and three nights staving of counterattacks and suffering periodic artillery fire. Company K's casualties in one form or another were almost fifty percent.
Perhaps you have read my book "Dear Captain, et al." that describes the battle of Lindern in detail. I was fortunate to get through it and the rest of the war physically okay but pretty shaken psychically.
Thank you for posting your Dad's story.
This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
BOARD HOST: Allan W. Howerton (E-mail: Allanhowerton@aol.com)