Battle of Hürtgen Forest: The 9th Infantry Division Suffered in the Heavily Armed Woods

Battle of Hürtgen Forest: The 9th Infantry Division Suffered in the Heavily Armed Woods

11/15/2006 • World War II

Hürtgen. If a single word can cause a U.S. Army veteran of the European theater to shudder, it would be that. The foreboding image of dark forests, steep hills, voracious mud, pillboxes, constant rain and shells bursting in treetops immediately comes to mind. It was the sort of battlefield where soldiers walked a few feet from their foxholes and were never seen again.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the GIs who endured that hell on earth would prefer to push such awful memories out of their minds and may explain why, in the years since, the story of the Hürtgen Forest battles remains a historical stepchild of more glorious encounters such as D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. What little has been done on Hürtgen has often focused on the November 1944 battles involving the 28th Infantry Division and has ignored the horrible prelude to the “Bloody Bucket’s” mauling, which occurred over 10 days in October.

The struggle for the 50 square miles of heavily wooded and hilly terrain south of Aachen actually began in mid-September. With their supply line stretched to the breaking point, the Allies’ rapid advance through France had finally slowed down at the Siegfried Line, the formidable defensive belt that blocked Germany’s western border and guarded the entrance to the Ruhr Valley. Hoping to seize Aachen and establish a firm breach in the Siegfried Line before winter’s onset, Maj. Gen. J. Lawton Collins, commanding VII Corps, ordered Maj. Gen. Louis A. Craig’s 9th Infantry Division to seize the villages of Hürtgen and Kleinhau. After some initial progress, the American drive stalled when two of Craig’s regiments were diverted north to assist the 3rd Armored Division, which was embroiled in a brutal battle at the Aachen suburb of Stolberg.

A newsreel cameraman follows a squad of infantrymen as they disappear into the trees of the Hürtgen Forest at the start of the attack. The 9th Division’s assault was intended as a diversion in support of the First Army’s drive on Aachen. What the Americans did not know was that hidden in the woods were thousands of German soldiers eager for an opportunity to administer a strong counterblow that would blunt the Allied drive into the Third Reich.

In early October, Craig was ordered to resume his attack in the Hürtgen Forest. Now, however, he would have to do so minus his 47th Infantry Regiment, which remained in support of the 3rd Armored, and with understrength units sent from the fighting around Aachen. To further complicate matters, Collins made it clear that the 9th Division’s effort was regarded only as secondary — supporting the Allies’ main attack at Aachen. That meant Craig would be at the bottom of the list for reinforcements, artillery or air support, though the general took some comfort knowing he was not expected to begin his assault until three days after VII Corps began its renewed push toward Aachen.

The villages of Germeter and Vossenack, as well as the crossroads settlement of Reichelskaul, were designated as the 9th Division’s initial objectives. Lieutenant Colonel Van H. Bond’s 39th Infantry Regiment would attack on the left. Once it had occupied Germeter, the 39th would seize Vossenack while guarding against an enemy counterattack from the north. Meanwhile, after capturing Reichelskaul, Colonel John G. Van Houten’s 60th Infantry Regiment would reorient itself to the south to guard against a German counterthrust from the direction of Monschau. The division would then push on against the town of Schmidt. Jump-off time was originally set for October 5 but was later postponed for 24 hours.

The initial thrust would be conducted by four battalions. In addition to support from two regimental cannon companies, Craig had four divisional howitzer battalions along with three battalions of reinforcing artillery, for a grand total of 96 pieces. A company of 4.2-inch mortars was attached to each regiment, along with a company each from supporting tank (746th) and tank destroyer (899th) battalions.

Against this small force were the Landsers of Maj. Gen. Hans Schmidt’s 275th Infantry Division, which had briefly fought north of Aachen before being transferred to the Hürtgen in late September to fill a gap between the 12th Volksgrenadier Division and the 353rd Infantry Division. On October 1, LXXIV Army Corps directed Schmidt to take over the entire Hürtgen sector, including the area occupied by the 353rd. As the 353rd’s headquarters and service units departed, its combat units were absorbed by the 275th. Schmidt also received the 353rd’s artillery component, giving him a total of 25 pieces, as well as six assault guns from Sturmgeschütz Brigade 902.

Schmidt’s division had originally consisted of a pair of grenadier (mechanized infantry) regiments: GR 983 led by a Colonel Schmitz and GR 984 commanded by Colonel Joachim Heintz. Schmidt deployed Schmitz’s men in reserve while assigning the northern sector to Heintz. The center was allocated to one of the 353rd’s former units, Lt. Col. Friedrich Tröster’s GR 942, while the southern sector was the responsibility of Colonel Feind’s GR Replacement and Training Battalion 253. Feind commanded 1,000 men and was placed along the weakest portion of the line.

The Americans knew few of these details when they began their attack at 1000 hours on October 6. Craig opened with fighter-bombers striking at otherwise invisible targets that U.S. artillery units had marked with columns of red smoke. Once the planes departed, there was a five-minute preparatory artillery barrage, then the U.S. foot soldiers began surging forward.

Assaulting the extreme northern end of the line held by GR 253, the 1st and 3rd battalions of Colonel Bond’s 39th Infantry gained 1,000 yards while suffering 29 casualties. Lieutenant Colonel Oscar H. Thompson’s 1st Battalion attacked with A and B companies in the lead, trailed by C Company. Captain Jack Dunlap’s B Company drew first blood when it overran an outpost and killed or captured 30 men. Crossing a creek, Dunlap’s men pushed on until they encountered several pillboxes, whereupon he decided to hold up for the night. Thompson then brought his other companies on line and waited for daylight.

On the 1st Battalion’s northern flank, Lt. Col. Richard H. Stumpf’s 3rd Battalion of the 39th Infantry advanced with L Company on the left and K Company on the right, with I Company in reserve. For the first 1,000 yards, the lead companies met only sniper and small-arms fire, but by late afternoon, heavier resistance had begun to build. Although L Company reduced an enemy strongpoint without too much delay, K Company was pinned down by accurate fire from a position southeast of the battalion sector. As evening approached, Stumpf decided to hold in place until darkness to allow K Company to safely disengage. General Schmidt was sufficiently alarmed by American progress in this sector to order Captain Riedel’s Fusilier Battalion 275 to launch a counterattack against the Americans the next morning.

Colonel Van Houten’s 60th Infantry attacked enemy defenses southwest of Reichelskaul. On the left, Major Lawrence Decker’s 2nd Battalion moved forward 500 yards before its lead platoons were pinned down. Every attempt to advance ended in failure and heavy losses. By the time the attack petered out, 130 of Decker’s officers and men had become casualties.

To the right, Van Houten’s 3rd Battalion of the 60th soon encountered difficulties of its own. After a short eastward advance, the battalion ran into a pillbox which, together with heavy mortar fire and a strong enemy response on the left flank, occupied the attention of two of Van Houten’s companies for the remainder of the day. By nightfall, however, K Company was able to move about 1,000 yards to the southeast. At 1600 hours, the colonel directed that his 1st Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Lee Chatfield, move north until it linked with the 39th Infantry. At daybreak Chatfield would launch an attack to the east in order to outflank the Germans, barring Decker’s advance.

Both sides were prepared to launch their own attacks at almost the same time. Fusilier Battalion 275 went forward only to encounter Americans who had been expecting some sort of reaction to their previous day’s advance. Captain Riedel was wounded and the survivors of his unit pinned down. Captain Dunlap took advantage of the situation by infiltrating GIs into the woods just west of Germeter, but Colonel Thompson would not let him enter the village for fear it would expose his B Company to counterattacking panzers.

By noon the 1st Battalion had succeeded in bypassing II/GR 942. Schmidt reacted by deploying Landesschützen Battalion I/9 to the rear of II/GR 942. The American success also convinced him that “the southernmost elements of GR 253 defending a line of West Wall bunkers were thus in danger of being enveloped from the rear.” Schmidt ordered Colonel Feind to block off the threat of a further enemy penetration in that sector. In response, U.S. Engineer Battalions 16 and 275 occupied positions between Reichelskaul and Raffelsbrand while three companies of Engineer Battalion 73 dug in along the Hürtgen-Germeter road.

During the night of October 7-8, Colonel Schmitz sent reinforcements to the aid of GR 253. Fortress Infantry Battalion 1412 and Luftwaffe Fortress Battalion 5 were also dispatched by LXXIV Army Corps to reinforce the 275th. In addition Schmidt received two companies of civilian police from Düren, hurriedly issued with army uniforms and rifles. He combined the police into an ad hoc formation named Battalion Hennecke (after its commander). Several howitzer batteries from the 89th Infantry Division, an anti-aircraft artillery regiment and elements of an artillery corps were ordered to occupy positions where they could augment the fire of Major Sturm’s Artillery Regiment 275.


A column of GIs ascends a hill and enters the forest. Many of the men sent into the woods as replacements were unprepared for what they would face. An Army historian later noted, “Any numerical advantage the Americans may have possessed lay in bug-eyed replacements, who began to arrive in small, frightened bunches.”

The 39th Infantry planned to renew its advance at 0800 hours, but a heavy barrage began falling on its lead battalions an hour before the attack was to begin. The 3rd Battalion suffered a serious setback when its L Company commander was killed and casualties disorganized his unit. Immediately following the barrage, a German force of 150 to 200 men counterattacked the 1st Battalion but was repelled by Captain Ralph Edgar’s A Company. The Germans then shifted their efforts farther north, hitting L and I companies. Colonel Bond sent G Company from the 2nd Battalion, which quickly overran three enemy machine guns. The loss of the automatic weapons seemed to take the fight out of the Germans, who retired to the east. Thirty German soldiers were killed during the engagement, and 27 others, including a wounded company commander, were captured.With fresh troops and additional artillery, Feind planned to launch a coordinated counterthrust at dawn, using I/GR 983 and Engineer Battalion 275. His intended target was Colonel Chatfield’s 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry, now located just west of Reichelskaul. Advancing northwest from Simonskall, the German counterattack crumbled when it came under intense mortar, artillery and small-arms fire.

After thwarting the enemy counterattack, Bond ordered his lead elements to resume their advance at 1100 hours. Bolstered by the arrival of supporting tanks, L and I companies moved forward. By 1215 hours, L Company had gained 200 yards and captured three pillboxes. The 3rd Battalion’s progress slowed and finally came to a halt shortly before 1800 hours. Still lacking supporting tanks, Thompson’s 1st Battalion did not attempt to advance across the open ground surrounding Germeter.

The 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry, launched its own attack against the Reichelskaul road junction at 1100 hours and was met by intense artillery and mortar fire. B Company, accompanied by several tanks, was able to detour north into the 39th’s zone of operations before veering back east again. This small force pushed to within sight of the crossroads before holding up for the night. The 2nd Battalion, however, was unsuccessful in overcoming the enemy to its front. Although the Germans had been pushed back, two days into the attack the Americans had yet to defeat the 275th, which continued to maintain an unbroken line of resistance. The bloodletting would continue.

During the night, Van Houten made plans to push eastward now that supporting tanks and tank destroyers had linked with his leading elements. Led by a platoon of M4 Shermans from the 746th Tank Battalion, Van Houten’s 1st Battalion pushed out into open ground south of Germeter at daybreak.

The 39th joined the attack at 0700 hours, but without artillery preparation. This time, supporting tanks were available and actively engaged. The 1st Battalion made a short advance to the edge of the clearing surrounding Germeter before being brought to a halt. C Company suffered particularly heavy casualties when it attempted to breach a barbed wire entanglement. Only the tanks attached to B Company were in position to place effective fire on the enemy defenders. By 1900 hours, a platoon from C Company finally succeeded in working several men close enough to the outskirts of Germeter to begin exchanging hand grenades with the Germans. Unable to support them however, at nightfall Thompson ordered them to pull back.

The 3rd Battalion moved out 45 minutes behind the 1st. As it advanced, the sound of tracked vehicles could be heard near Wittscheidt, and for the rest of the afternoon occasional high-velocity rounds exploded in treetops throughout the battalion’s sector. Despite enemy sniper fire, I Company was able to occupy Wittscheidt by 1615 hours. With darkness approaching, Colonel Stumpf decided to halt his advance. To forestall the possibility of an armored counterattack from the direction of Hürtgen, he directed I Company to mine the road leading to Wittscheidt and to register artillery on all likely enemy routes of approach.

Any plan to resume the advance the next day was forestalled by a dawn counterattack by Battalion Hennecke that overwhelmed two platoons from I Company, capturing 41 men. The German success meant that Bond would have to spend the rest of the day just trying to retake the ground he had lost. The 1st Battalion likewise did not attack as planned. Each time Thompson’s men tried to move forward they received accurate small-arms fire as well as direct fire from German self-propelled guns.

Things went somewhat better for the 60th Infantry. The 1st Battalion pushed off at noon to seize the Raffelsbrand road junction south of Germeter. In what seemed to be a nightmarish repetition of the opening days of the attack, the thinned ranks of hungry and bone-weary GIs trudged forward while steadily losing men to incoming fire. The situation changed dramatically when one of the lead companies overcame a German pillbox covering the road between Reichelskaul and Raffelsbrand. Buoyed by success, the Americans pushed southward, collecting 100 prisoners and securing their objective by nightfall. With Raffelsbrand in American hands, Van Houten ordered the 3rd Battalion to redeploy to Reichelskaul to protect Chatfield’s rear and maintain pressure on German units massing southeast of Germeter.

The loss of the road junction persuaded Schmidt that he needed additional troops. LXXIV Army Corps agreed to loan two rifle companies from the 89th Infantry Division, provided they were used only along the threatened southern flank. The reinforcements would not arrive until dawn on October 11, however, and in the meantime Schmidt sent a company each from GR 983 and GR 984 to strengthen Colonel Feind’s GR 253.

The Americans’ position was also somewhat precarious. With no reserves available, Van Houten had nothing to send to Chatfield’s aid. To the east, the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, was still being held back by the stubborn defenders of II/GR 942. To the north, the 39th Infantry remained stalled outside Wittscheidt and Germeter.

October 11 brought success and failure for both sides. American attempts to exploit success at Raffelsbrand produced nothing but longer casualty lists. A German counterattack struck Chatfield’s men before daylight, and though beaten back, Chatfield reported that “the enemy maintained pressure here for the rest of the day and crowned it before dark with a bayonet charge.” When the Americans tried to bring up reinforcements, they were pinned down by several pillboxes along the Reichelskaul-Raffelsbrand road that they had bypassed the previous day.

The 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry, was finally able to enter Germeter but found that its defenders had abandoned their positions during the night. Hoping to seize more ground, Thompson ordered Captain Edgar’s A Company, supported by Lieutenant Robert Sherwood’s 1st Platoon of C/746th Tank Battalion, to probe eastward toward Vossenack. The column had only covered 500 or so yards when a Panzerschreck knocked out the lead tank, and the remaining American armor and infantry withdrew. A subsequent advance by A Company under cover of smoke ended with the destruction of two more Shermans.

The Americans had some success to the north and west of Germeter. Leaving I Company behind to protect the northern approaches to the town, K and L companies encountered little resistance as they moved eastward from Wittscheidt. By late afternoon, Stumpf’s battalion had advanced nearly a mile and was preparing to attack Vossenack from a ridge northeast of the village. The 2nd Battalion was also able to advance.

Craig’s men had at least been gradually moving forward, but ominous events had occurred during the night that would soon threaten what little progress they had made. Accompanied by the LXXIV Corps commander, Lt. Gen. Erich Straube, Seventh Army commander Lt. Gen. Erich Brandenburger visited Schmidt’s command post. After hearing a candid assessment of the situation, Brandenburger promised to send Regiment Wegelein, a unit composed of well-trained and well-equipped troops to the front. Numbering 161 officers and 1,639 enlisted/officer cadets, the force was organized with three battalions of three companies each and a regimental heavy-weapons company. Its commander, Colonel Helmuth Wegelein, was an experienced leader.

Schmidt and Wegelein quickly agreed that a counterattack against the northern flank of the Americans had the best chance of producing favorable results. Wegelein would launch his assault from an assembly area near Hürtgen, advancing southwest until he isolated the American battalions near Germeter.

Following a brief but concentrated artillery preparation, Wegelein’s men advanced from their positions just before dawn, moving purposefully along the wooded plateau paralleling the Germeter-Hürtgen road. A platoon of dismounted armor crewmen from 746th Tank Battalion, securing a roadblock along the left flank of 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, was the first to encounter this new threat and was quickly scattered. By 0700 hours, Wegelein had succeeded in isolating several of Lt. Col. Gunn’s rifle companies. As testament to the isolation caused by the densely wooded terrain, the 39th’s 3rd Battalion was completely unaware that the nearby 1st Battalion was being cut to pieces.

Lacking reserves to blunt the enemy thrust, Colonel Bond requested help from General Craig, who directed elements of the divisional reconnaissance troop — augmented by a platoon of light tanks — to assist the embattled 39th Infantry. As the situation grew more serious, Craig ordered the 47th Infantry at Schevenhütte to dispatch two rifle companies and a company of medium tanks from the 3rd Armored Division to reinforce Bond. Rushed to the point of greatest crisis, these reinforcements were finally able to halt the German advance when it reached the road leading west out of Germeter.

The abortive counterattack cost the Germans nearly 500 casualties, with little to show in return. The failed operation, however, produced at least one positive result for the Germans: Surprised by the strength and intensity of their assault, Bond ordered Stumpf’s battalion to abandon its plans to attack Vossenack in order to reduce the salient Wegelein had created.

Schmidt planned on renewing the counterattack on October 13, but orders from LXXIV Army Corps directed the immediate removal of all officer candidates from the combat zone, which cut in half what remained of Wegelein’s unit and forced him to spend badly needed time reorganizing his remaining personnel. While he was doing so, the 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry, launched an attack of its own against Wegelein’s troops. K Company led the effort, trailed by L Company. As the latter moved up on line, both of its leading platoons were ambushed and wiped out. K Company maneuvered to attack the enemy facing L Company while the 1st Battalion sent B and C companies into the fight. Another counterattack inflicted heavy losses on the right platoon of Dunlap’s company, but the American advance continued.

At 1730 hours, a German bearing a white flag approached B Company and requested a brief cease-fire while his unit prepared to surrender. Dunlap sent the man back with a message that he would hold his fire for five minutes. When the German emissary did not reappear within the stated time, B Company resumed its advance, only to run into a torrent of small-arms fire. It was now almost dark, and the enemy seemed to be on all sides. Fearing that his exhausted company was losing its cohesion, Dunlap ordered his men to fall back a short distance and dig in.

Facing four enemy battalions at Raffelsbrand, the 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry, was experiencing its own difficulties. Just before dawn, a surprise German attack seized a pillbox occupied by C Company. Although the seven GIs inside were able to escape, a counterattack by 30 men was unable to regain the position. Three Sherman tanks and two infantry companies eventually arrived to lend a hand, but even with those reinforcements, a heavy crossfire from several machine guns prevented the Americans from making any progress. One of the tanks was hit by an antitank rocket that wounded several men and forced the crew to evacuate the vehicle. A daring German soldier then ran out to the tank and drove it behind a nearby pillbox before the Americans could react. With this, the Americans lost all momentum, and at 1730 hours they began to fall back, suffering heavy casualties from enemy artillery and mortar fire.

That evening Wegelein went to Schmidt’s headquarters to protest orders for a renewed advance on the morning of October 14, stating that communications to his battalions and companies were so poor there was a risk that all units might not receive a regimental order. Schmidt replied that he would accuse Wege-lein of cowardice if he did not resume his attacks.

Determined to show that he was no coward, Wegelein spent a busy night personally delivering the orders to his units. He still had more visits to make as the sun rose on the 14th. At 0800 hours, however, the colonel was shot and killed by a sergeant from the U.S. 39th Infantry, and his regimental adjutant was captured moments later.

The fighting sputtered on and off for two more days, but it was clear that both sides were too exhausted to achieve significant results. At a cost of 4,410 casualties, the Americans succeeded in pushing their front line an average of 3,500 yards to the east. Nonbattle losses (sickness, injury, etc.) for American units totaled nearly 1,000. The toll for the defenders was also high — approximately 2,000 killed or wounded and 1,308 prisoners.

After breaking off the offensive, Collins made the questionable claim that the sacrifices of Craig’s men had drawn off German units that could have been thrown into the battle for Aachen. Although it is true that 19 German infantry and engineer battalions opposed six American infantry battalions, many of the defending units were much smaller than their counterparts. In any case, though the Hürtgen fighting might have prevented some German units from being sent to Aachen, their redeployment would not have altered that city’s eventual fate.

More important, given the experience of the 9th Division during the opening phase of the battle, the larger question is why senior American leaders such as Generals Courtney Hodges, Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower chose in November 1944 to send division after division into the dark and foreboding woods right until the start of the German Ardennes offensive that December. By the time major combat operations in the area finally ceased, six U.S. divisions had been fed into the meat grinder and some 33,000 soldiers had become casualties without achieving a breach in the Siegfried Line.

According to the U.S. Army’s official history, “The real winner appeared to be the vast, undulating blackish-green sea that virtually negated American superiority in air, artillery, and armor to reduce warfare to its lowest common denominator.” Given the terrible cost, it seems clear that Maj. Gen. James Gavin might have been more correct when he said, “For us the Hürtgen was one of the most costly, most unproductive, and most ill-advised battles that our army has ever fought.”

Mark Reardon is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. This article originally appeared in the December 2006 issue of World War II magazine. For more great articles subscribe to World War II magazine today!

188 Responses to Battle of Hürtgen Forest: The 9th Infantry Division Suffered in the Heavily Armed Woods



  2. suzanna says:

    Hi! My father Theodore (Teddy) Mariolis, passed away in 1999. His battle participations were: Normandy, Ardennes, Central Europe & Rhineland. He was with the 9th division 376AAA AW Bn. Additionally, his map shows that he landed on Utah beach and took part in the D-Day battle as well as the Battle of the Bulge. I have pictures with some names and a map of The Route of the Natousa & Etousa dated 11/8/1942-June 1945. I know he returned on the John Ericsson on Sept. 30, 1945 from Le Havre France. I would love to speak to anyone who knew my father. I’d like to thank YOU ALL “The Greatest Generation”. You truly were great men of your time, fighting for a great cause and of course I thank our newer generation of greatness that continues to fight for us all.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated. I maybe contacted at:
    I can not describe just how this article moved me as I read it I would go over to Dad’s map and see that he was there.
    Thank you again for your time!

  3. Peter Ball says:

    I went to h.s. at an US air base (Bitburg) which was located about 60km south of Vosenack. I have no idea what level of intelligence the 9th or 28th infantry possesed, but if the woods back in 1944 are like the ones that I knew then only an absolultely incompetent fool would drive forces through the Hurtgen (or the Eifel). Go around should’ve been the order of the day.

  4. Roger Gresham says:

    My uncle Pvt. James W. Turner was reported MIA along with 3 others of the 112th infantry regiment co G on Nov.9 1944 in the Huertgen forest near Vossenack, IN 2005 a German National looking for war relics found the 4 bodies in a shallow grave well preserved. He notified athorities. The skelton with dog tag and helment Through DNA and dental Has been positively identified and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary with full military honors on Sept.11th 2008

  5. Torry Crass says:

    If you are looking for information and such, you might consider visiting the 9th Infantry Division Association page this page is dedicated to the 9th ID Assoc. and specifically WWII era veterans. The main organization has it’s own publication for members and their are 2 auxiliary organizations as well that may be of interest. We often include requests for information that are posted on the website in the newsletters as well.

  6. Ron Shelby says:

    My father served with the 9th, his unit was HQ Btry with 39th Infantry Regiment. His battles where from Tunisa, Sicily, Normandy, Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland. All he talked about was how bad it was in the Hurtgen forest all the time. Sadly he passed away a few years back. Does anyone know how i can get ahold of a map showing the route they took during the European campaign? I’m planning on taking a lengthy trip to Europe next year and would like to visit some of the areas they fought.

  7. Ron Shelby says:

    It would help to leave an e-mail address.

  8. John Knaack says:

    My father, Alfred Knaack, served in the 9th Infantry, 60th Regiment, L Company, Heavy Weapons as 1st gunner of a mortar squad. He is 83 and still lives on the farm in northwest Iowa. We believe he served in the mid-September operation, since he recalls they spent a week in one spot and never moved, until he was wounded and transported out (in a truck with captured Germans). He spent his week trading fire with German mortars posted by the pillboxes in the valley to the east. He recalls the stack of GI bodies piled up behind the line, which they added to every day, plus sleeping (when sleep was possible) in a foxhole half-full of water. One day he was firing rounds (he was the last mortar gunner left in the platoon) and a German mortar went off nearby, and the propulsion charges in the rounds he had in his hands went off from the concussion, and he got shrapnel in his face & hands. He lost one eye, but doctors at Liege saved the other. He said it wasn’t a matter of “if” you would be hit, it was “when”.
    Five years ago, in March, my cousin and I took Dad back to Germany to find where he had been wounded. The historian at the Hurtgen Forest museum in Vossenack, Manfred Klinkenberg, drove us up to the site, which is at the intersection of 399 & L24 west of Vossenack. Just north of the Jagerhaus west of the intersection is the edge of the clearing, where there is a jeep trail marked on the maps, which Dad said was just north of his position. We walked back into the trees, and in a few minutes discovered the foxholes of Dad’s squad, and indeed, Dad’s foxhole where he positioned his mortar was still there. After 59 years, he could still recall how his unit was deployed, and it matched the foxholes we found. Scorpio’s website, has Dad’s story and a picture posted (Veteran Stories/Part 2), as well as maps (Maps/Interactive Maps). This trip provided much needed closure for Dad, and he talks about it yet.

    • Richard beaumont says:

      My Uncle, whom I am named after, Richard J. Beaumont, passed away in 2013. I promised him I would visit the areas in the Hurtgen Forest where he fought and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was in the 9th Infantry Division, 60th regiment, Company F. I am looking for the area where his company fought. I keep hearing the village of Germeter, Reichelskaul Road Junction, & Monschau. He was there from September-end of October 1944 before his division was pulled back. I am going September of 2016 to fulfill my promise to my uncle. If you can help I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks Richard Beaumont

  9. Ross Hoffmeyer says:

    Please, if anyone could help I”m researching my Grandfather
    Ernest Hoffmeyer. in the 9th infintry Octofoil, He also won the
    Bronze star. Looking for info . Please and thankyou . RDH If
    you could send Ross Hoffmeyer @ P.o Box 14 Riverdale, Ne

  10. Corinna says:

    My father’s records were burnt in the 1973 fire, but I can tell that he was in the 60th, 9th Division. From what I can gather, his group ended up guarding German Prisoners in Belgium. His name was Joe Quijas from Kansas. Any additional info would be great. Thanks!

  11. GAY SCHMIDT says:


  12. john rolih says:

    I would like to find anyone that might help me,like so many others here it seems. My dad died 11 Oct. 1944 he was attached to the 60th. Inf.Regt. Co. “G” 9th. Div. All I know is that is was in western Germany. His rank was Pvt. his full name was “Joseph J. Rolih” He was in the “AA” I don’t quite know what that refers to,but I’m reading about an area called “Hurtgen Forest” where there seems to have been a great many of the same basic outfit,can someone tell me what to do in order to find where my dad was killed,where do I look to find that specific area where the battle he was in was fought. My e-mail is I’d appreciate any help in this.

  13. ellen kinser says:

    My dad is James Keller, 39th infantry, AAA-O. Company G He tripped a landmine near the Hurtgen Forest in late September, 1944. Army doctors helped save dad’s leg and he still gets around very well. If any of his friends are able, I would gladly forward email to him.

    • Yuri says:

      Dear Ellen,

      I am currently writing a book about the 9th Infantry Division’s actions during World War 2, focussing on the September – November 1944 period.
      I have a lot of information as well, and I would be interested in hearing more about your dad’s war experiences if possible. I am also creating a website dedicated to the 9th ID, and hope to have it online early next year. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

      All the best, Yuri

  14. RONALD WOODS says:


  15. Allen Peloquin says:

    I am researching for any possible information about my uncle, SSGT Alphonse V Peloquin, Co D, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th ID. He was in the 39th during operation in North Aftrica, Sicily and Normandy, where he was killed on July 14th, 1944. Unfortunately, his records were burned in the fire at the Records Repository in St Louis. Any information would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

  16. Allen Peloquin says:

    Also forgot to list an email. Regrets.

  17. John J. Schwarz says:

    I’m looking for any information about my Grandfather Chester G. Dooley. He served from 9/43-11/45 in the Army. He fought in Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. He was wounded 11/17/1944 in Shevenhutte, Germany. I have copies of his discharge papers, but I don’t know anything about what infantry he was in. He passed away in March 1999. Any info or ideas would be appreciated.

    • Yuri says:

      Do you have a contact email address?
      Looking at the date, it seems he was in the 47th Infantry Regiment when he got wounded.

      please feel free to contact me for any info.

    • Albert Trostorf says:

      I am living near Schevenhütte in Germany. I am a WWII historian and can give you probably more information. The period when your grandfather was wounded in action, the 47th Infantry was attached to the 1st Infantry Division. I guess he was wounded somewhere in the area between Schevenhütte, Gressenich and Hamich.

  18. Michael Lorusso says:


    My uncle, Staff Sgt. Vincent Lorusso was attached to the 9th Infantry Division, 47th Infantry Regiment and was Killed in Action on November 2, 1944. he now rests in Henri-Chappelle American Military Cemetery. I would like to know if anyone remembers him ?

    Michael Lorusso

  19. Tony Paglucci says:

    I am desperately seeking information on a Charles “Bull” Camp who during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest manned a BAR on a fence post and held back an entire German attck so that his company could re-group. He was awarded the Silver Star, but was severly wounded and sent back to the States. If anyone knows of him or the incident please e-mail me at

  20. Doug Roth says:

    Hello, I am trying to locate anyone who was with 47th Inf. Rgt 9th Division in WWII.

    My father, who passed away on December 26th, 2002, was with this group and I am wanted to see if there is anyone who might have known him.

    His name is Homer E. Roth, from chattanooga, TN. He has a brother Barney L Roth Jr., also from Chattanooga.

    If you knew him it would be great to hear from you, just know know someone who had served with him.

    Thank you,

    Doug Roth
    Columbus, GA

    • Deborah King says:

      My husbands uncle was also in the 47th infantry regt. 9th div. in WW2
      He was from Chatsworth Ga, just near Dalton. I dont know anything about your father, but I know quite a bit about where they were and when towards the end of the war. If you would like to communicate please email and I will respond when I have time.

      Deborah King

    • Laura Maddocks says:

      Hi, I would be your cousin. Your uncle Barney was/is my father. My mother, Medora, was his first wife. I have had no contact at all with Barney for many many years, and only saw him maybe three times in my life I know nothing about my family history on the Roth side. Anything you can provide me on our ancestry on the Roth side of the family would be really great.

      Kind regards,

  21. Joseph Albergo says:

    I am trying to get some information on my father’s service with the Ninth Infantry Division. His name was Domenic Albergo. He entered the Army from New York City. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and I believe he was involved in the Hurtgen Forest. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.


    Joe Albergo
    Spring Hill, Tn.

  22. James Phelan says:

    My Uncle Sgt. Cossie Crovella 9th Infantry Division 60th Infantry was killed on October 17 1944 in Hurtgen. He is buried at Henri Chapelle. I was told that his buddy went down to fill up canteens for lunch and when he returned my uncle had been killed by a mortar.

    • Yuri says:

      Dear James,

      do you have a photograph of your uncle?
      For more information, you can contact me on .
      I am writing a book and creating a website about the 9th Infantry Division. I would be interested in hearing more about your uncle. I have a lot of info about the October fightings.

      All the best, Yuri

  23. Ryan Clarke says:

    My grandfather was Lt. Col. Donald Clarke, fought for the 39th inf. rgt. 9th Division. Dont think that is the Dr CJ Clark you were looking for but maybe helps. If anyone knew my grandfather I would love to speak with you.

  24. Yuri says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am writing a book about the battle of the Hurtgen Forest, and I am looking for people who fought in the battle.
    If anyone here can help me to get in touch with any veterans of the 9th ID (so, the 39th, 47th or 60th IR), I will appreciate it.
    I will add some personal stories to my book, and I am looking for people who were there, and would like the world to remember the terrible battle they have fought there. I want people to remember this battle.

    Thank you in advance,


  25. Thomas W. Rogers says:

    Cpl. Donald C. Rogers, Mechanized Recon attached to 39th Division WWII. Was awarded two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and the Silver Star. Also recognized by National Jewish Congress as Liberator of Dachua Concentration Camp Died in his sleep with his family around him on November 28, 2005 on Thanksgiving Day in woodford County, Illinois and is buried in Abingdon Cemetery in Abingdon Illinois.
    My father, this wonderful WWII Hero personally handed me a large framed wall map, which was in color and had photos of Commanding Officers on it. On the reverse of the frame I personally signed and dated him having given it to me, but this wonderful item was stolen. I am looking for a color copy or to find orginal. This map along with his original photo scrap book filled to the brim with memories of his service has been kept from me by my exwife Kathleen L. Rogers of 311 N. Main Street in Deer Creek Illinois 61733
    I have a very large collection of photos, many on the walls for viewing of his service.
    Thomas W. Rogers
    109 Cottonwood Drive
    Morton, Illinois 61550

    • Thomas W. Rogers says:

      UPDATE: I have moved to 1643 Glenview Drive, Spring Bay Illinois 61611. The Large Framed Map that was stolen by somebody within the family may have ended up in Orange Park, Florida. My Father’s WWII Scap book is believed to still be in the possession of my exwife Kathy L. Rogers. The Large Framed 9th Division Map/39th Headquarters Company Map, may have came from the wall of the 39th Headquarters Company itself and is highly rare having been unable to locate or even find a copy of it anywhere in the Archives. Thomas W. Rogers Any Assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

      • Yuri says:

        Hello Thomas. I think I have a map like that. Is it the colored overview map of the 39th Infantry Regiment, with their route on there in different panels? It also has pictures of the commanders on there I think. If you have an email address, I can send a scan to you?

      • Thomas W. Rogers says:

        Yes I would very much like a copy.
        Thomas W. Rogers
        1643 Glenview Drive
        Spring Bay, Illinois 61611

    • Thomas W. Rogers says:

      UPDATE: My Own Brother, Terry L. Rogers who lives on Main Street Morton Illinois was just found Selling COPIES of My Late Father’s 39th Infantry 9th Division Map on ebay with a Photo of the Original Map on there. The last time I saw this map, which was in a black frame, was in my home after my Father Personally Handed the Map to me before he died. SHAME ON HIM and May God have Mercy on him. He No Longer is a Brother of Mine. My Late Father Alledgedly Considered him a Draft Dodger because Terry took all kinds of worthless college courses to remain in College in late 1960’s and early 1970’s to remain out of the Vietnam War. My Late Father personally told me he didn’t want my Brother Terry L. Rogers to get ANY of his Military Memorbillia and gave me everything, most all of which before he passed away on Thanksgiving Day November 28th, 2005.

      • Yuri says:

        Dear Mr. Rogers. I have seen that map on Ebay. I already thought it was a shame that a COPY was sold for about $140. Now, another one is being sold! I will write you an email. – Yuri

  26. Gregory Sarrazin says:


    My Grandfather, William F. Finley, served in 39th infantry, 9th division. He was killed in action on april 1945. He came from Macon, IL.

    Thomas, your father is from Illinois like my grandfather. Maybe friends ? Can we exchange informations and photos ?

    My contact : sarrazin.gregory @

    Thank you in advance,


  27. Gregory Sarrazin says:


    sarrazin.gregory @ failed. Sorry.

    Correction : gregory_sarrazin @


  28. Angela Faulkinbury says:

    My father, Clarence C. Smith from Toledo ohio, joined the 9th infantry in Casablanca and stayed through the end of the war. He was in 8 major campaigns including Battle of the Bulge, Bridge at Rimagen, Utah Beach. He was always very quiet about his service during WWII and we have just recently begun to get piece of stories. He will be 90 end of October and my sister, brother and I are in process of trying to pull some of this together for that celebration. Dad re-inlisted after the war serving through Korea and Vietnam, retiring in the mid-60’s. Anyone who remembers him or stores about him, any unit stories or information, all contact will be appreciated.

  29. Angela Faulkinbury says:

    I apologize, I didn’t realize that my email wouldn’t show in my post. You can reach me at

  30. Terry Rogers says:

    Cpl. Donald C. Rogers served in the 39th of the 9th infantry division from 1941-1945. He was at Camp Wheeler, FortBragg, Fort Dix and then shippede out on the USS Thomas Stone.’Which was crippled by a torpedo. Dad along with 700 troops were off loaded onto a British ship which took them in Algiers North Africa. He next was in volved on Scicily campaign where wounded. He saw USO show at this time with Al Joson. Then back to England and the paricipated in Invation. He was in the HQ mechanized Reconnesenece group. His best friend was a Ralph Egli….DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION OR PICTURES that may relate to my father who has died. I am looking for a 1942 9th Infantry 39th regement Year book from Fort Bragg May God Bless these Heros of WWII

    d-Day Invasion with

    • Paul says:

      i have my grandfathers Yearbook from ft.bragg. He too was in the 9th, 39 th company H. He was aboard the thomas stone when it was torpedoed as i have a letter he sent home in which he wrote about the hole in the ship. He was a machine gunner and made ut through the war after being wounded over 5 times. His name is Mekal E. Jansen. You can contact me at:

  31. nancy tooley says:

    My father, Leslie B. Copeland, was wounded in the Huertgen Forrest near the village of Zweifall on October 11, 1944. He was with the 9th Infantry Division and a light machine gunner I think the 39th but I don’t know for sure. He was from Creighton, Nebraska.He was 33 years old when he was drafted as a private so he was almost a father figure to the 17-18 year olds.. He was awarded a purple heart and a bronze star. Does anyone remember him?

  32. Deanne Wagaman says:

    My father Hansel (Bill) Wagaman was with the 9th Intry Division 15th combat engineers Utah Beach,Hurtgen Forest, Ardennes and Battle of Bulge where he was wounded. Does ayone know him? Have stories or pictures

  33. Deanne Wagaman says:

    My father Hansel (Bill) Wagaman 9th Infantry Division 15th Combat Engineers—-Utah Beach——Hurtgen Forest——-Ardennes——-Battle of Bulge—— where he was wounded. He was from Marysville, Iowa. Anyone know or heard of him? Photos or stories!

  34. Deanne Wagaman says:

    Hansel (Bill) Wagaman. Sorry about a 3rd post but e-mail is Deanne Wagaman—–

  35. Camille Hall says:

    My father, George Holmes, from Missouri,was a Tech Sergeant in the 39th ID, 2nd Battalion. I have one of his citations for a Bronze Star for the battle, I believe, near St. Lo on July 11-12, 1944.
    The citation is by command of Major General Craig, and Colonel William C. Westmoreland was the Chief of Staff.
    His discharge papers say that he received two Bronze Stars, and my brother and I have both read the other citation, but it has been lost. Your description of the Battle of Hurtgen Forest seems familiar, and I think that may have been where he received his 2nd Bronze Star. I know that he walked along side of a tank. He came home from the war, married my mother, went to forestry school on the GI Bill, and died of a heart attack at age 36. My mother said he never talked about the war, but he was an amatuer photographer, so we have some good pictures. If any one knew him or can tell me how to find out about his 2nd Bronze Star, please contact me at my email. Thanks.

  36. Holden Thompson says:

    My father was Lt. Col Oscar H Thompson who started with the 9th Division at Ft. Bragg NC where I was born. When he returned in 1945 I was 3 years old. We never talked about the war very much. He said there were too many dead men. I do remember some names that are mentioned in write up. If anyone reads this and has any memories of stories about him, I would love to hear from you. He received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Bronze Star Cluster along with other battle awards. He had seven children and we would all love to hear anything about him.

    • Albert Trostorf says:


      my name is Albert Trostorf of Merode in Germany. Your fathers unit captured my hometown Merode and the Merode Castle in December 1944

    • French MacLean says:

      Holden, I’m Colonel (Ret) French MacLean. Writing a book on Company B of your father’s battalion. Please write me at I have info on Colonel Bond but almost nothing about your father. My Dad, PFC “Mac” MacLean, only knew who his platoon leader was and most of the sergeants. But your father would have had to approve of the Silver Star my father was awarded for actions on January 30, 1945. Dad was wounded and captured that day and received the award in July 1945. Love to hear from you; I can’t do a decent job on Company B, without good info on your father! Did he take any photos of the area in the forest?

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Thompson,

      I would love to get in touch with you and learn more about your father.
      I am currently writing a book about the 9th Infantry Division, and your father will be mentioned in it several times as well. Maybe you can contact me through my website: I would be very thankful if we could share some information, thank you. Yuri

  37. Dave Pope says:

    My Father, Armon David Pope, served with the 9th Division, 39th Infantry Regiment, 2nd battalion, G Company, in the Forest, and the Bulge. He was wounded in January 1945. Anyone who might have any information on his unit movements, or anything about his unit, please contact me at
    Sadly my dad passed away without being able to (or willing) to tell me in any detail of his actions during this campaign.

  38. Ed Wagner says:

    My father, Jack Wagner, was in the 9th Division, 39th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, A Company. He was involved Operation Torch in the invasion of Algeria in North Africa, November 8th, 1942. They captured the Maison Blanche Airport. Five months later he was wounded and captured by the Germans at El Guettar, Tunisia on April1st, 1943 while trying to capture Hill 772. He hardly would talk about it and he passed away in 1998. Is there anyone out there who might have some information (pictures, relatives, sites, etc) where I can get more information.

    • Frederic Blais says:

      I’ve been to El Guettar 3 year ago and visited the battle field.
      German and Italian trenches are still there, as well as foxholes dug by GIs.
      Ladscape is magnificent, but it was hell in 1943…
      I will send you pictures if you like.

  39. Thomas William Rogers says:

    Re: 39th Headquarters Company attached to 9th Division WWII, Mechanized Recon Unit, Corporal Donald C. Rogers born July 18th, 1918 died November 28th 2005 in his sleep in Woodford County Illinois. During his WWII Service he landed in Algiers, was in Sicily and landed at Normady. One of his many heroic feats took place at the Roer River Dam where Corporal Rogers, under intense ememy fire from higher ground and at great personal risk, went out on his own to repair valuable communication wire in an exposed position where he not only repaired the line but remained under fire calling in bombardment locations to prevent the Germans from destroying the valuable Dam while the Allied Forces were attempting to cross the Roer River in the Valley below. For his Gallentry he was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars during his service within the 9th Division. Him and his Recon Plattoon are also recognized by the National Jewish Congress as Liberators of the Concentration Camp known as Dachau. I am Proud to call him Father.
    He personally handed me his large scrap book of photo’s prior to his death along with a large color map of the 9th Division’s action with color photo’s of Commanders. Both the Map and the Scrap book are now out of my possession and in the hands of my exwife who refuses to return such. This is a Disgrace! This American Hero Earned the Right to Pass his Military Treasures on to whomever he wanted.
    Thomas W. Rogers
    109 Cottonwood Drive
    Morton, Illinois 61550

  40. Ken Dobos says:

    Looking for any information, photos….anything on my uncle, Martin Cambal. I only have his discharge papers and it states he was B Co., 47th infantry regiment. He was wounded on 17 July 1944 near St.Lo. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. I can be contacted at

  41. Kathie Rokita says:

    Looking for any information about my uncle killed April 1, 1945. He was in the 47th infantry regiment 9th infantry.

    Pvt. John S. Rokita

    He is buried in the Netherlands, although my family was told he died in Belgium

  42. claude mack hobbs says:

    My father,George Burgsbee (shorty) Hobbs from

    My father, George Burgsbee (shorty) Hobbs from Citronelle,Alabama was killed October 16,1944 in the Hurtgen Forest. He was in the 39th regiment but I am unable to find his battalion or company. If I can find those two I may be able to better pinpoint the place of his death in that terrible place. He was buried in the Henri Chappell cemetary in Belgium.
    If anyone can help me on this I would certainly appreciate it. My mother lived to be 84 and was wrongly told and believed til her death that my father was killed in Aachen.


  43. Corey Thompson says:

    My uncle Edmund F. Tuenge was PFC in the 9th Division, 47th Infantry company M of the 3rd battalion and he fought in the Hurtgen Forest among other places with the 9th.. He saw many horrible things from landing at Safi, through Tunisia/Sicily, preparing in England and landing at Utah Beach, then through France, Belgium, into Germany – Hurtgen forest and Aachen and Remagen Bridge etc. He is now 91 and still living in South Dakota. It’s only been in recent years that he can talk about more of his experiences. He was honored to go on the Honor Flight to Washington DC this past April and was very moved by all the folks that greeted the veterans. He lost many friends over his years in Europe. Only a few of the original guys came back after the War was over. They endured very heavy fighting. He received the Bronze star. He had many close calls and said his one Colonel would always say to them, don’t lose sleep over it, if your time is up it’s up. He recalls one night when they were in a residence/farm house surrounded by Germans – and they were asked by the officer in charge, do you want to surrender or take a run for it. They chose to run – and left in pairs. His buddy I think his name was “Wolf” split away when they came across a body of water or pond. He never saw him again. Blessed be the memory of all those who fought for freedom that perished, and for those still living to find peace.

    • Albert Trostorf says:


      please can you ask your uncle if he was involved in the Battles for Bovenberg Farm and Frenzerberg Castle in November 1944

    • Jake says:

      I realize this post is 5 years old, however I was curious if your uncle is still here with us? I’m particularly interested in his friend “Wolf”, if he happens to remember his first name. My great uncle was Joseph Wolf, went missing sometime during the battle of the bulge. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

  44. Nancy Carpenter Oliver says:

    My Dad, Robert S. Carpenter, was a corporal in the 60th Infantry, Company L. God willing – and so far so good – he will be 93 next Sunday, the 19th. His mind is sharp as a tack and his health is great. he had never talked about the war. I insisted that he go to the WWII Memorial in DC and we went over his 90th b’day. as we walked around, he pointed out many places he had been – the Bulge, Ramogen (sp?), etc. i’ve been researching the story of the 9th division, and particularly his unit as i hope to get his story while i still can. he was and still is (!) from Nursery, TX.

    • Yuri says:

      Dear Nancy,

      I read your post here on the historynet webpage, regarding your dad.
      I am currently writing a book about the 9th Infantry Division actions, mainly about the period from june 1944 until december 1944. I would be very interested in reading or hearing about your father’s story.
      Please contact me if you’d like:

      I also have a lot of information about the 9th Infantry Division.

      All the best, Yuri

      • Mary E. Breton says:

        My father, John Patrick Murray, drafted on 8 Apr 1944 while living in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was wounded in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest on 10 Dec 1944. He was in Co G, 60th Infantry Reg., 9th Div, 1st Army (hope my info is accurate). He died at the age of 38 on 5 Aug 1948 at Cushing General Hospital in Framingham, MA. Any info that can be provided would be helpful. I have been in contact with Albert Trostorf, a WW II historian who lives in Merode, Germany. He told me he lives just a few miles from where my father was wounded.

    • Brenda says:

      My father was also 9th Div, 60th Reg L Com. He is 89 and we are headed to the WWII memorial in June. I would love to hear what you have learned. He is trying to find some of those who were there with him. I would love to hear from you.

      • Yuri says:

        Dear Brenda, I have a lot of information about the 60th Infantry Regiment and also about L Company. I am writing a book about their actions in the Hurtgen Forest as well. If your dad is interested, I would love to hear some of his stories as well. I would be happy to share any documents I have in regards to his Company.

        Please send me an email if you would like to get in touch.

        Kind regards, Yuri

    • Brenda says:


      Where did your dad come out of? I was sharing what I read in this site with my dad and he recognized your dads name. If you are still fortunate to have your father, please contact me.


  45. John Saquella says:

    My father was in the 9th in WWII. His name was John W. Saquella and he was awarded a silver and bronze star. I can’t find out what he did to receive those medals. If there is anyone who can help me please email me. Thank you, john R. saquella

  46. jESSICA COLLIER says:

    i need info on James Elmo Rosier…….he was discharged from 309th infantry

  47. Paul Basile says:

    My Grandfather Mekal E. Jansen was in the 39th infantry regiment, 9th Division Company H. He too was on the Thomas sStone when it was torpedoes, I have a few letters he sent home, one of them describing the hole in the back of the ship.

    Terry Rogers, email me. My Grandfather was on the Thomas Stone the same time as your Father

  48. Paul Basile says:

    my email is

  49. Jeff says:

    My father is PFC Audrey Clayton. 9th ID, 39th Inf. Reg. 1st Battalion (I think), Company C. He was under Sgt. Faulhaber and Lt. Cain. Dad’s feet were badly frozen in December 1944 in Germany near Schevenhutte and Aachen. Sgt. Faulhaber saved Dad’s life on Dec 11th. He (Faulhaber) argued to Lt. Cain to allow him to go check on the left flank in place of my DAD who was orginally ordered to go. Faulhaber knew Dad couldn’t hobble far on frozen feet. A German sniper killed Sgt. Faulhaber a few seconds later. God Bless Sgt. Richard Faulhaber from Adrian, Mich.

    Does anyone know of this Lt. Cain ? I would sure like to contact him and see if he remembers that day that my Dad’s life was saved. Thanks. My phone # is: 501-351-4929 -Jeff Clayton

  50. Nancy Carpenter Oliver says:

    I just found out that you can get much more detailed records about a soldier’s service record from the national archives. i haven’t tried it yet but here’s the link:

  51. Nancy Carpenter Oliver says:

    OMG i just found my dad’s enlistment record!

  52. BLAS ALVARADO says:


  53. Thomas William Rogers says:

    Cpl. Donald C. Rogers, Mechanized Recon attached to 39th Division WWII. Was awarded two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and the Silver Star. Cpl. Rogers received his Silver Star for saving the Roer River Dam when he remained in a forward position when a mortar shell cut communications lines, and in direct fire from German forces firing from hirer ground when he could have ordered one of the Privates. Thousands of GI Lives were saved from flooding waters that would have resulted in the valley below if the Germans had been successful in destroying the dam. Cpl Rogers is also recognized by National Jewish Congress as Liberator of Dachua Concentration Camp Died in his sleep with his family around him on November 28, 2005 on Thanksgiving Day in woodford County, Illinois and is buried in Abingdon Cemetery in Abingdon Illinois.
    My father, this wonderful WWII Hero personally handed me a large framed wall map, which was in color and had photos of Commanding Officers on it. On the reverse of the frame I personally signed and dated him having given it to me, but this wonderful item was stolen. This is a shame, because this American Hero, A Vet, should have retained his right to leave this Historical Map to whom ever he wanted….Which was ME, his Son. I am looking for a color copy or to find orginal. This map along with his original photo scrap book filled to the brim with memories of his service has been kept from me by my exwife Kathleen L. Rogers of 311 N. Main Street in Deer Creek Illinois 61733
    I have a very large collection of photos, many on the walls for viewing of his service.
    Thomas W. Rogers
    109 Cottonwood Drive
    Morton, Illinois 61550

  54. Carl Heintze says:

    I was a replacement who reached Company L, Third Battalion, 39th Regiment on Oct. 13, made it to Germeter and spent the night, was inserted in the line along with five others that afternoon. Two of the six were wounded by a mortar barrage within 15 minutes. Thereafter we were “pinched out” and went into reserve in the Forest, served in holding positions for a week or so and finally were relieved by the 28th Division and went into reserve again. We did not return to the Forest again for a month or so. In the meantime I was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge near Elsenborn, and spent a couple of weeks in the hospital before returning to the front near Dreiborn. Crossed the Roer on a pontoon bridge and the Rhine on the Remagen Bridge, fought in the Remagen Bridgehead and the Ruhr Pocket, the Harz Mountains and ended the war at Dessau on the Mulde River.

    • Yuri says:

      Dear sir,

      I am currently writing a book about the 9th Infantry Division actions between Jne 1944 and December 1944, focussing on the Hurtgen Area battles.
      I have visited the Germeter area a few times and have some pictures I took.
      If you’d like to see them, please send me a message, and I would be happy to share them with you.

      Al the best, Yuri

    • Wm. E. Beebe says:

      Dear Mr. Heintze, I read about “dreary Dreiborn” in my Dads “EIGHT STARS TO VICTORY” book. THAT was a heck of a place to get reinserted! So glad you made it through! He was a replacement around the same time you were. 60TH INF> 1st Bn C co. I don’t know if it was around that time or not, but he did mention once about capturing a German field kitchen, and to his great delight they had hot rabbit stew all ready and waiting. He said it beat the Heck out of SOS anyday! Thank you Mr. Heintze! Wm. E.Beebe.

  55. Kirk Theige says:

    I am looking for anyone that might have known my father in-law STG Tom Shefko.

  56. Yuri says:

    I am working on a book and a website dedicated to the 9th Infantry Division’s actions in World War 2 between June 1944 and December 1944. Mainly focussing on the battles near Hurtgen, between September – November 1944. I would be interested in hearing any stories from your dad, uncle, grandfather who fought with the 9th Infantry Division. I would also love to get a picture and a small story, so I can create a special page on my website dedicated to this soldier.

    I also have a lot of information for people who are looking for answers about the 9th Infantry Division, and I might be able to help a bit further.

    Please feel free to email me with any info or questions.

    All the best, Yuri

  57. D Clark says:

    My father SSG Walter F Clark served in the Ninth from Cassablanca to the Elbe river. “M” Co 39th RCT, he was a 30 cal. water cooled HMG gunner. Wounded twice, trench foot and malaira. Fought in Sicily, Cherboug, Hurtgen, the Bulge and take of Germany. He told all battles were compared the to forest and none could match it . said him and some Sgt he waqs with saved a Capt from being captured. Killed the German who had him. The Capt told my Dad he was putting him in for a DSC, but in the fog of war my Dad never saw it. He said that it didn’t matter, he was alive and very happy about it. My Father died in 2003. I think about him everyday, he was a great man. God bless you all.

  58. John Cicchino says:

    My uncle, Frank Cicchino of Harrison, New Jersey served in the 3rd Battlion, 47th Infantry – company K I believe. One of the stories we all heard growing up was how he captured a german ‘general’ turns out the general was actually a colonel, and I think I found the exact spot of the capture, just outside Zweifall. Would like to know if anyone else has heard this story. My uncle also participated in the capture of Frezeburg Castle.

    • Yuri says:

      Dear Mr. Cicchino,

      I am working on a book about the 9th Infantry Division, and I have a chapter dedicated to the Frenzerburg Castle battle. I would be interested in hearing your uncle’s story, also about the capture of the Colonel. I don’t see you email address, but feel free to email me:

      I have a many reports and information about the 9th Division, and might be able to give you some more info as well.

      Thank you,


    • Albert Trostorf says:


      I have information for you. Please feel free to contact me.

      • Tom Prost says:

        Albert, I received a note from you in response to this post, perhaps in error. Do you have information about PFC Dilbeck posted at 62 below?
        Thank you.

  59. Carl Heintze says:

    I am a veteran of Company L,.39th Infantry, Third Battalion, entered the Forest Friday 13, 1944, served in L Company until the end of the war, was wounded Jan 1, in the Bulge , have been back to Germany twice,, once to the Forest. Now live in California and will be 89 shortly.

  60. gerard verver says:

    Hello i am gerard verver from the netherlands. iam looking for information abouth elmer e lightfoot he was kia on sept 6 1944 in the aredennes. i adopted his grave on henry chapelle and take care of it. now i do rechearch for his daughter colleen she is 73 years old . she like to know where her father was killed wen he was a prisinor the germans shot him and 2 other soldiers wen one of them wanted to flee. i realy want to go to there so i can send some information to his daughter i hope you could help me….
    best regards gerard verver the Netherlands

    • gerard verver says:

      he was in the 60 inf 9 division

    • Yuri says:

      Hallo Gerard, kun je me een mail sturen naar ?
      Ik heb heel veel informatie ivm mijn research naar de 9e Divisie. Ik kan precies zeggen waar de 60th regiment was, en kan misschien nog meer informatie voor je vinden.
      Groeten, Yuri

      (Approximate tranlation: can you me send a mail to I have a lot of information ivm mine research to 9th division. I can exactly say where 60th the regiment was, and can perhaps information still further for you find.)

    • Frederic Blais says:

      according to the day he was killed, it happened in the area of Dinant, during the Meuse crossing.

  61. Tom Prost says:

    I am looking for any relative of PFC Charles W Dilbeck, born in 1919, Killed in Action in Belgium on 15 Oct 1944 during WWII. He served with the 39th Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. He was originally from Campbell County, Tennessee. Please contact me. Thank you.
    Tom Prost

    • Yuri says:

      Dear Mr. Prost, how can I get in touch with you? I have lots of information about the fighting, place, and area where the 39th regiment fought on October 15th, 1944. I visited the place as well last month.

      Please contact me through my website if you like to:

  62. Albert Trostorf says:

    If somebody needs information about the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge and the Roer-Rhine, please feel free to contact me.

  63. James Keasler says:

    I would like to know what happened to Bob smith. He was in G company 47th inf reg. The last time I saw him was near Weisweiler. He was from a town near me in SE Illinois

  64. James says:

    I recently spoke to a man who served with my grandfather (same Regiment, Same company at the Same time! can you believe that!) He puts the blame for the outcome of this battle squarly in the lap of the VII Corps commander Maj Gen “Lightnin” Joe Collins. This of course implicates Gen. Omar Bradley as well who was in overall command of the 12th Army Group.(it took some luster off of Omars historical greatness for me)

    • Yuri says:

      Hello James.

      Those commanders surely had to do with the outcome. General Eisenhower send a telegram to the 12th Army Group commander stating:

      “Combat units are authorized to base daily replacement requisitions on anticipated losses forty-eight hours in advance to expedite delivery of replacements. To avoid building up over strength, estimates should be made with care”. – Signed, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

      The order was based on providing replacements for battle losses in time when necessary. This would insure that replacements were available soon, and the enemy could not recover in certain battle situations because of the constant flow of replacements.

      However, because of this scenario, the overview on the complete losses was out of sight, and the commanders kept asking for new troops. The men who made these decisions were often nowhere to be seen in the battle areas. In the Hurtgen Forest Battle, General Bradley and General Hodges have been responsible for this excessive loss of troops.

      These are not the only ones to blame ofcourse. Many aspects of this battle did not work as planned.

  65. Edward L. Sewell says:

    My father, Edward F. Sewell, served with the 9th ID, 60th infantry. He enlisted in January, 1941 for a year and after Pearl Harbor was in for the duration. He was with the 9th from the beginning at Fort Bragg, North Africa, Sicily,D-Day+4 at Utah Beach, St. LO during Cobra,Hurtgen Forest, and for the duration. He was discharged September 17, 1945. He was proud to have served with the 9th and went to some of the Divisional Reunions before his death. If any of his “brothers” are still alive, I would love to hear from you.

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Sewell,

      Do you know in what Company your father served? I have an extra interest in the 60th Infantry Regiment and their actions in the Hurtgen Forest.

      • Edward L. Sewell says:

        I can only tell you that he was in the anti-tank company at Fort Bragg, but not sure at the time of Hurtgen operations. If you have any information about William “Babe” Lux, he was my father’s best friend and also was in the same company. They grew up together. Babe has been deceased for many years (killed in an auto accident).

        Since my father did not speak much about the war and his service records were also destroyed during the fire of 1971, I do have some documentation, mainly letters from him to my mother, but that is it. Many of the letters were blacked out by the censors.

  66. John says:

    looking for information on the 61st Combat Engineer Battalion. From what i understand they were originally with the 1st Army and I beleive Vll Corps but were constantly attached to other units. They were on Normandy,Northern France,Rhineland,Ardennes, and central Europe,

    • Lorraine says:

      Did anyone answer you about the 61st? My dad was also with 61st. I have some information.

      • John says:

        Hello Lorraine,

        No I have not recieved a reply. IO would appreciate any and all information on the 61st.


  67. Mike Cronin says:

    My father, Gene Cronin, was with the 60th from before the war. He went ashore at Port Lyautey and in the Sicily invasion. He went through the Cotentin, Belgium and the Hurtgen, where he was injured and evacuated to the UK. I think he started out in Company M, but by the time he was in Sicily, I gather he was serving as a company or battalion supply sergeant. He had lots of stories, but didn’t remember anything pleasant about Hurtgen. he always spoke about it vaguely but described it as pretty hellish. I’d be interested in hearing from anybody who might remember him.

  68. Brian Steinfeld says:

    Hello. My great uncle, PVT Erwin M. Puteska served in the 9th Division, 60th Regiment. He was KIA on 10/14/1944. I was trying to locate the battalion and company in which he served. He was 19 at time of death. I am assuming he fell at the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. He is laying rest in Henri-Chapelle. I was wondering if anyone would remember him or have information regarding his deployment

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Steinfeld,

      I have a lot of information about the actions of the 60th Infantry Regiment’s actions during October 1944. Is there an email address that I can use to write you to?

      Best wishes,


  69. david raymond says:

    anyone ever knowing of a kow/kia (heurtgen forest) named Peter Orlandi of Westfield massachusetts please e-mail me please Thank you

  70. Wm. E. Beebe says:

    No wonder my Dad never said much about the War! He was a GO DEVIL. 60TH INF. 1ST Bn. C Co. Bernard “Toby” Beebe Jr. Cpl. T5. I remember him saying something about a particular German Forest, but I was too naive to understand. He would only go so far, then, change the subject. He mentioned a Cpt. Keating. Also he nipped any of my early misconceived prejudices in the bud by telling me how a Mr. Padilla saved his life when they were advancing with an Armored Group and came under an Artillery attack. I was 15 or so at the time and have been loathe to use or tolerate epithets since. I am 57 now. Such are the Men of the 9th! Toby passed away on 13 Apr. 1989. God Bless all of you!

    • Wm. E. Beebe says:

      OOPS! email is (this aint no Underwood)

    • JackieF says:

      My father also was a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry. He never said much about his combat experiences either – other than mentioning something about a cold, wet forest. He was captured for a short while but escaped. Does anyone know anything about this? Dad died in 1996. I didn’t know the forest was called the Hurtgen until I started doing research on Dad’s unit after his death. His name was Clarence Forslund – his nickname in the company was “Killer Kelly,” because he took out a German pill box with a grenade. I remember that, many times when I was a child, Dad would wake us up during the night with his screaming – and would laugh it off the next morning by saying, “I was being chased by Nazis again.” Funny.

      • Yuri says:

        Dear Jacky,

        Would it be possible to get in touch with you regarding Company C, 60th Infantry Regiment? I am doing a special research on this company for the book I am writing about the actions of the 9th Infantry Division in the Hurtgen Forest. You can contact me via my website,
        or email me via yuri (at) .

        I am very interested in hearing more about your father.
        I also have a lot of information regarding this Company.

        Thank you.

  71. MJ says:

    My father, Joseph Scherman, was KIA on Dec 19, 1944 near Obergeich. He belonged to the 9th Infantry, 60th Regiment, Co F. If anyone would have any information on this company at that time would you please contact me at Thank you.

  72. Pete Kosloff says:

    I am looking for any 9th Div WWII vet who served with my dad, same name as me, Pete Kosloff, Sr. who was a medic in C Company from Ft. Bragg and served in N. Africa and the european theatre… his military records were destroyed by fire in the 1970s and we are hoping to get some information about his service… thanks Pete

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Kosloff,

      I see that your father received a Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Medal Batch. You might be able to request the General Orders GO#73,1944,9DIV and GO#147,1945,9DIV at the National Archives. These will contain the citations of the circumstances or why these medals were awarded to your father. You can find my email address on my website as well if you’d like to contact me, .
      Good luck with the search for information. – Yuri

    • David B Lamb says:

      Hello Mr Kosloff,

      Thought you might be interested to know, my dad’s name was Lt Frank D Lamb. He served in the 9th Infrantry 39th Regiment C Company. He was a Cpl in Ft Bragg and served in the North Africa campaign and Eurpean Theatre. He died in 1980. I’m guessing they might have known each other? FYI he was wounded March 4, 1945 near Derkum Germany while in company C and received the silver star. Who knows, your dad might have helped to save his life…


    • Kevin McKenzie says:

      Hi Pete – re: Yuri’s comment and perhaps your search for award of his medals…military criteria for award of decorations states any soldier awarded the Combat Medic Badge was automatically entitled to award of the Bronze Star Medal, as were infantrymen who wore the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB). These criteria are still in place today.

  73. david Raymond says:

    Left out info: Peter Orlandi-28 Inf. – 8 inf div.
    died of wounds.Heurtgen forest. born Westfield Mass.
    If anyone has known this soldier please contact.
    Can someone clarify how Infantry labels work? would this be 28th Inf. regiment- 8th inf. division? Or was he in the 28th. and absorbed later to the 8th? Thanks to all Vets.

  74. Albert Trostorf says:

    The 28th Infantry was one of the three Regiments of the 8th Infantry Division, the 28th Infantry Division was Pennsylvania National Guard and also involved in the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, but before the 8th Infantry Division entered the Huertgen Forest

    • david Raymond says:

      how would a man that enlisted and went to Devens end up in Penn?
      From Massachusetts……

  75. david Raymond says:

    comment #74——> thanks again

  76. Rob Gill says:

    As most here, I too am researching the footsteps of my grandfather PFC Harry Stemple Jr.
    He was killed in action on December 18, 1944 near Wahlerschied in the Battle of the Bulge.
    He was with A. Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Silver Star for as what his citation states; Climbing into a Tiger Tank with two other soldiers of A Company under direct heavy machine gun and small arms fire after it was hit by a bazooka and abandoned by the crew. PFC Stemple then manned the machine gun and used it against the enemy.

    I have been researching his footsteps for about 2 years now and am brought to tears at times of what I read and see concerning these battles. I am currently reading Krinkelt-Rocherat, The Battle for the Twin Villages by William C.C. Cavanagh and thus far have been amazed at the amount of information in this book.

    I too am a veteran and served with the 2nd Infantry Division in the early 80’s.
    I appreciate any and all information as I will continue my quest in this search and will hopefully walk in his footsteps in Germany/Belgium soon.

    This is a great site with a wealth of knowledge and information being shared.

    • Rob Gill says:

      Comment #77 – Rob Gill (

      • MJ says:

        Hi, Rob,

        Yes, I agree the more a person learns about this war you realize how horrible it was especially during the Battle of the Bulge with the weather conditions, lack of supplies and leadership. Thank goodness for the internet and all of its information.
        What twin villages does the book talk about?
        Mary Jo

      • Rob Gill says:

        Hello Mary Jo,

        The book focuses on the Twin Villages Rocherath-Krinkel of the Bulge Campaign.
        It’s a fantastic read and brought me a bit closer to knowing what my grandfather went through.


    • Mary Jo says:

      Hi, Rob, I have been rereading some of these entries and just wanted to let you know that my husband and I just returned from a European trip and we met with Albert Trosdorf. He is a very informed resource for the war and even showed me where my father was killed on December 10, 1944. It was very emotional and i will be forever be indebted to him for giving me the information that I needed.

      Mary Jo Warren

  77. Joe Bonsal says:

    I have been doing genealogy research on PVT. John Rutheford Bonsal Jr. (my cousin)
    He was KIA 24 nov 1944, and is buried in Henri Chapelle. He served in the 26th inf 1st div. I don’t know where he was killed, or what battalion or company. As close as I can come is the Huertgen Forrest or Aachen.
    Where can I get this info?

    • Albert Trostorf says:

      Mr. Bonsal:
      Please contact me at:

      I have a lot of information concerning the 26th Infantry Regiment.
      At the time when your uncle was killed, the 26th Infantry was fighting in the Huertgen Forest close to the village of Merode.

      Albert Trostorf
      Merode, Germany

      • Joe Bonsal says:

        Hi Albert,
        I don’t have any more information than what I said in my comment. John dosen’t have any living relatives for me to question and I don’t know how to obtain his service records.

      • Rob Gill says:


        If you the NPRC website, you can fill out paperwork requesting your uncle’s military information. It takes a little while while they search but will send you what they have if anything.
        You can also search for his military information such as his draft or selection information.


  78. Joe Bonsal says:

    I’m sending for his military personnel file as we speak. I found the Military.Archives website. It looks like there’s a slim chance of finding much because the ’73 fire destroyed 80% of the army records.
    Albert Trostorf sent me a couple of documents pertaning to the Hurtgen Forrest battle. He is quite sure this is where John was killed.
    He also sent a picture of the 1st infantry monument in Henri Chapelle Belgium. It has John’s name on it.

    Thanks, Joe

    • Kevin McKenzie says:

      Hi Joe – when you go to, then go to Access to Archival Databases ( and pick from the options where you want to search; there’s a wealth of great info there, including US Army enlistment records. Type his last name, then first (middle name/initials sometimes doesn’t work). At minimum you can get his Army service number which helps in further research. Good luck, be patient. The search is always worthwhile.

      • Joe Bonsal says:

        Thanks Kevin,

        I do have his enlistment record (from And I also have his Army service number.
        What I need is his company to pinpoint the location of his death. Albert Trostrof has sent me a wealth of info about the Hurtgen Forrest Battle.
        I am currently sending for Johns service records in St Louis.

  79. david says:

    Hi,I just noticed my uncle was also buried at Henri Chapel till 47.My mom said he was the first returned to the US for burial from Westfield
    Peter B Orlandi Pvt 28 INF 8 inf div. They closed down Westfield Massachusetts for the day of his funeral.

  80. Judith Wessells Hocker says:

    My father served in L ‘Love’ Company 399 Infantry. His name was Warren G. Wessells. Looking for anyone who might have served with him. His name appears on the ‘Morning Report’ papers, but not on the Company L Roster. He was wounded and sent home to Walter Reed Army Hospital. That’s all I kknow. Any additional info, please contact me.


  81. Brandy says:

    I’m looking for any photo’s or information about Wilbur Youtzy.. He is my grandfather that i have never met. He died when my father was about 3 or 4 yrs old. I do know his birthdate and when he died..and I know he served in World War II with the Ninth Division and received the Purple Heart for meritorious service. I have no photo’s of him and would love to see who he was…If anyone has anything please contact me at Thank you

  82. Steve Gibson says:

    I met a fascinating WW II Veteran who fought in and survived the forest. His name is Alfred M. Borrows and was in the 39th, E company, 3rd Platoon, 9th div, 60th regiment.

    If anyone has any info about Al or knows anyone else in his Squad/platoon, please email me at Al will be 93 this fall.


  83. Steve Gibson says:

    (James is my first name. Apologies for any confusion.)

  84. Bob Keller says:

    My uncle Garnet Fennell(nickname Bunt and Doc) was a combat medic with the 60th. One of his 3 wounds was received in the Hurtegen Forest. He died several years ago and was buried at Bay Pines in Florida. A couple vets who served with him came to the funeral. They advise a book had been prepared about the 60th with many pictures. I know he also received the Bronze Star. I would like to know if anyone knows about the book and if it available to purchase. He served with the 60th from Utah and into Germany.

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Bob, very interesting! There are several books about the 9th. The main unit history book is called “Eighth Stars to Victory”. A great book, with the complete history of the Division. A special booklet for men of the the 60th Regiment was also made, and is called Follow Thru. This is a rare, hard to find booklet. Feel free to contact me, and I can send you a pdf version of these books. I am writing a book about the actions of the 9th Infantry Division in the Hurtgen Forest and have a lot of information. I hope this information helps.

  85. Dan Miller says:

    My dad was in the 47th Inf 9th Div during WW II and was killed in action Dec10 1944 believed in this battle, I am researching to verify the actual battles he was involved in and have had no luck at all. Anyone with information on this subject please contact me at above address.

    Thank You,

    Dan Miller

    • Albert Trostorf says:

      Mr. Miller:
      My name is Albert Trostorf. I am a WWII Historian and have studied the history of the Battle of the Huertgen Forest and Roer River in 1944 and 1945. I have a great knowledge conceerning the 1st and 9th Infantry Division. On Dec. 10, 1944 the 47th Infantry was involved in an attack toward the Roer River in Germany. The Regiment´s 1st Battalion was on the open plain southeast the town of LANGERWEHE and west of ECHTZ in Germany. If you want further details, please contact me at:

      Albert Trostorf

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Miller,

      I have been researching the actions in the Hurtgen forest of the 9th Infantry Division for several years now, and I am writing a book about this. I have a lot of information about the battles. I also have some information about the actions of the 47th Infantry Regiment. Feel free to contact me via my website: or via my email: yuri @ (without the spaces in there).
      I can share some documents with you then. I can help you to get some more information about your father as well then. All the best, Yuri

  86. Mary Jo says:

    I would like to let you all know that I met Albert Trosdorf when we visited the place where my father was KIA near Eschwiller, Germany this Spring. He is a walking book of knowledge about the war in the area of the Huertgen Forest and would be very glad to answer any of your questions.

    I have also been in contact with Yuri and he is also very educated about the 9th Infantry Division in WWII and has created a website. He too would be glad to answer any questions.
    Mary Jo Warren

  87. Dan Miller says:

    My fathers records were badly damaged in a fire in 1973 and I only have portions of a letter written to my mother in response to her letter of 31 March 1945 inquiring into my fathers death. A 1st Lt John J. Fitzpatrick wrote that he was killed in a small arms battle near Inchem, Germany while being assigned to the 9th Infantry, 47th Infantry Division, Company A. Also mentioned was a close friend Private First Class Issac L. Pearce also of Company A. He was killed on December 10th 1944 and is interred at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

    Any information on what happened would be greatly appreciated. To my knowledge he was never awarded any medals or ribbons from this action which I understand he deserved. Thanks you for your help in advance, if you need any further information please contact me at the above e-mail address. Dan Miller Montana

  88. John says:

    Does anyone have a way to contact Lorraine from post 67. She stated that she has information that I would be interested in.



  89. Patricia (Lux) Connell says:

    My father William “Babe” Lux was with the 60th Inf 9th Div. during WWII. Anybody out there have any info about any missions. Before he died in 1969, he writing to our President trying to receive medals for battles fought in Monchau Hofen Battle of the Bulge, etc. He also wrote of being in Africa volunteering for a mission to knock out enemy machine guns and mortars which was highly successful and the French troops were elated because of the successful fight. He mentions of French Lt who was decapitated and was not able to recommened accomdations for the successful mission.

    Any info at all, please email. Thank you, Pat (Lux) Connell

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Patricia,

      I have a lot of information about the actions of the 60th Infantry Regiment, and can share some documents with you. Do you know the Company in which your father served? It might be Company B, as they were heavily involved in the Monschau Hofen battle as well. Feel free to contact me via my website , and I will be happy to provide you some more information. Best wishes, Yuri

    • Lisa says:

      Dear Pat,
      I’ve been researching the 9th/60th for many years and may be able to help, as can Yuri, who has most of the research documents I’d secured from the NARA. We can help point you in the right direction for the missing medals. Please let me know. Wishing you well and prayers for your Hero father who, though no longer in this world, is certainly here in spirit.

  90. French MacLean says:

    I’m Colonel (Retired) French MacLean; West Point 1974; Desert Storm; Iraq 2003, but after all those years I’m not half the soldier my father was, Private First Class Mac MacLean, Company B, 39th Infantry Regiment. Now I write history books, the last one being Custer’s Best, which is about a cavalry company at the Little Bighorn. Now am researching to write a book on Company B in the Hürtgen. Dad (who is 89) was captured January 30, 1945 near Wahlerscheid. If you have anything on Company B (Jack Dunlap, Louis Benoist, Timber Ridgeway, Merode Castle) or combat photos of the 39th in general that you might be able to scan, please contact me at Will also be glad to share info.

  91. Jim Little says:

    My father who passed away was in the 15th.
    I do have several pictures of his unit with names inscribed.
    You can email me a

    Jim Little

  92. John says:

    Hello Lorraine,

    I’ve been trying to contact you about information on the 61st Combat Engineers.

    If anyone alse has information I would greatly appreciate it.



  93. SFC Mark Vernon says:

    I am wanting to mountain bike the forest this summer. Does anyone have recommendations of camping areas or links to maps that can help me navigate the forest?

  94. Sarah O'Connor says:

    My grandfather, PFC Manley Fuller, served with Company B of the 39th during the Bulge. I’m trying to track down information about a friend of his who was killed around January or February 1945. His name was Boyle (or Doyle). Other names my grandfather remembers are Sgt Ridgeway (from Kentucky), Lt. Lucas, Sgt Reisner, and PFC Howard Kaufman from Ohio. If these names sound familiar to anyone, please contact me at – my grandfather turns 93 this year and I would like to help him get in touch with any friends who are left.

  95. Brenda says:


    I believe our Dad’s might have fought together. He is 89 years old and in the past couple of years has begun to share stories. Your Dad’s name was one of only a few that he remembers. This posting is 5 years old so I don’t know if it will reach you but just hearing what you were able to do with your father is an incredible journey.

    I would love to hear from you.

    Brenda Gustim

  96. John says:

    That would be great.

    Please have Yuri or the site owners get me your email address or give you mine.



  97. Laura says:

    Laura, I met a Barney Roth recently here in Chattanooga. He is 91 years old. Please e-mail me at if he might be your father.

  98. Bram Kole says:

    The area of Hurtgenforest and the more Southern border with Belgium is full of remains of WW 2. I had twice exercises as a conscripted soldier in the autumn of 1980 at Vogelsang, maybe 15 miles south of Hurtgen forest. I was trained to go to Lebanon as a Unifil soldier. Vogelsang ( ) used to be an ordensburg for the ss elite. In my time Vogelsang was a Belgium Barrack where Nato troops had exercises. We did exercise at Vogelsang because the terrain has similarities with the south of Leanon. Hills of about 500 meters high with deep valleys. Till a few years ago i did not know anything about the battle of Hurtgenforest. It fellt very strange to me that a person with interest (not very specific) in WW2 does not know anything about this battle though it is maybe just 20 miles from the border from Holland. Many of the soldiers who died there were buried at Margraten in the south of Limburg in Holland. Many people know about this American war cemetery but hardly anybody knows that most graves are from soldiers who thought in the battle of Hurtgenforest.
    The last few years I tell people about this battle because it deserves to be remembered as a place of sacrifice I guess.
    I know that David Hemingway and J.D. Salinger have been reporting and fighting at the Hurtgenforest. Some of their books are inspired by this battle. If I am right, the only soldier from the USA who was executed for deserting, Eddie Slovik, was supposed to join troups at the Hurtgenforest. But he was to scared to go there and openly deserted. A film is made about this fact.
    The only film I know about the battle of the Hurtgenforest is Whenn trumpets fade. In my eyes not a fil that succeeds to capture the horror of this battle.
    I really hope that there will be a good filmmaker who will make a film about the battle of Hutgenforest. A film which will appeal to the public. A film that will show the drama, horror and fear, of this battle. I know that this battle is not popular in the USA, the more a reason to print it in the minds of young people.
    This way I also want to thank all the soldiers who did fight the Germans for our freedom. Holland has not done that much on land during WO 2. A shamefull number did during WO 2 fight for the SS at the east front. Ihope that they have done that with the idea that they had to fight against the red danger from the east and not for any other reason. I guess they did in a way their share by letting ships sail between the continents so supplies needed for the warfare were delivered.

    I realise that practically all wars are thought for economic reasons. Still young men, who are partly forced to go in the army keep sacrificing their lives or live in fear.

    Kind regards,


  99. Mike Lucas says:

    Hi Michael,

    I hope this finds you in good health. Unfortunately I cannot help you with your search but you may be able to help me with mine.
    I have reasons to believe that my father may have been in the 9th Infantry Division along with yourself. I do not know my fathers name rank or anything about him except he was possibly what I would term ‘American Irish’. I was born in the UK in 1945, and subsequently adopted, my mother was a resident of Winchester where you were stationed before D. Day in 1944. I do not expect you to know everyone there are far to many men in a Division for that but could you confirm that there were ‘ American Irish’ in the Division itself, and I may be able to take it forward from there

    Yours faithfully

    Michael Lucas

  100. Dan Miller says:

    Hi in response to your inquirery I wanted to let you know that my dad was in the battle and not me, I was 3 years old when he was killed so I wouldn’t have any information for you… Thanks… Dan Miller, Montana

  101. Mike Cronin says:

    Hi, Michael. I can certainly confirm that there were Irish Americans in the Division. My father, Eugene Cronin, was from Kerry, immigrated to the States in the 20s as a teenager. He was with the Division from 1940 to 1944, when he was evacuated back to England after being injured in the Hurtgen. I vaguely recall his talking about enlisting in 1939 with another Irish friend of his, but can’t confirm that. Given that there was a wave of Irish immigration to the States in the early 20th century, I’d be extremely surprised if there weren’t many others.

  102. Darrell Willburn says:

    Does anyone have info. on James Niel Willburn who died Dec. 1944 at the battle of the Hurtgen Forest. Thanks

  103. Albert Trostorf says:

    Can you give us any additional information?
    (Unit, Regiment, and the date when he died)?

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Willburn, I believe this is the James Willburn you are talking about?

      James N. Willburn
      Private, U.S. Army
      22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
      Entered the Service From: Texas
      Service #: 38699800
      Date of Death: December 03, 1944
      Buried at Henri-Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium.

      Just some information about the events on the 3rd of December, 1944 for the 4th Infantry Division:

      During the first days of December, the men of the 4th Infantry Division were fighting against the Germans that were reported on the high ground north east of the village of Grosshau. On the 3rd of December 1944, the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division would be relieved by the 330th Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division. 1st Battalion got attacked in the morning, and by an air attack by approximately 40 German fighter planes in the afternoon. They also received heavy artillery, mortar and machine gun fire in the 2nd Battalion’s area. Smoke was then used to screen the movements, but even with this, the relief could not be completed until after dark. After being relieved, at about 1900 hours, the 22nd Infantry Regiment moved to an assembly area about 5 miles west of the frontlines, and prepared to move to Luxembourg the next day.

      As you can see, a lot of fighting and shelling went on during the 3rd of December. I hope this information helps.

  104. Doug Roth says:

    Hi Laura,

    I just now noticed your note. It was Barney who told me about it. Seems a friend of his saw this and printed it out. He just called me and let me know you had answered me.

    Sorry, I have not been keeping up with this site….

    I sent you an email about a week or two ago to the email he gave me. Please email me at the above address and I will do my best to get you and Barney talking together. He is not into computers, so if you wish to send it to me, I will print it out and mail it to him.

    By the way, his brother Homer was my dad, Charlotte my mother, and I have an older brother, Ron and younger sister, Kitty.

    Hope to hear back from you soon as Barney really wants to talk to you.



  105. Tom Quinn says:

    Hello: I know this is increasingly a long shot given the many years that have passed, but I am still hoping to locate any living vets, photos, or any related info associated with the 26th Field Artillery, 9th Division. My father, John P. Quinn, from Worcester, Massachusetts, was with the Division from North Africa through V-E Day, much of the time as First Sergeant. If anyone should remember him (or his name, though a vet), or happen to have a photo with his name on it, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks. –Tom Quinn, Portland, ME. Email address:

  106. Dr.L.Bert Williams says:

    My father 1st Lt. Elliott Earl Williams was in the 9th/47th Reg.and was involved in all the battles thru Nov.1944 with two Silver Stars.
    This is another longshot. If there is anyone out there that has any info. on his service and especially any regarding his two Silver stars,
    please contact me at

  107. Will Oswald says:

    This is a great article and great comments! My grandfather Joseph A Keels was in the 39th infantry division with the 9th infantry. He fought in the Hurtgen battles. I have gone through pictures he had of other men he served with…Tom Taylor from Missouri, Bob White, from Indiana, Pfc Lebrun from Rhode Island. Are there any great places to find pictures of the 39th?

    • Yuri says:

      Hello Mr. Oswald,

      feel free to contact me through my website:

      I have a large database and lots of information about the 9th Infantry Division. I would be interested in seeing some of your pictures as well if possible. I can share any information with you that might be interesting for you. Thank you.

  108. Adela Fortin Edgecombe says:

    Was he Lt. Robert King of 191 tank batallion?

  109. Jerry Lujan says:

    My name is Jerry Lujan, I live in Albuquerque. My father fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in October and November 1944. He was attached to Co. F, 47th Inf. Regiment, 9th Division, 1st Army. He kept a diary from the time he was drafted in April 1944, (was 32 years old and had six children)until he was discharged in 1945. He initially wrote in Spanish, but soon after his death in 1999, a cousin of his translated the diary into English so that his 36 grandchildren could read it. He was one of three survivors of his battalion.

    I will be more than glad to share the diary, once I find out the cost to copy and bind it.

    My email address is: and my cell is 505-203-7609

  110. Wayne Lewis says:

    My dad was on the Thomas Stone when it was torpedoed. A couple of things he shared about that ship. 1. He was only sick twice– over and back.
    2. The other relates to the first was that he was never so glad to see a ship go down. He really wanted off that ship!

  111. Thomas McEvoy says:

    Hello everyone,

    I am just beginning to research my dad’s time during World War II. I am just starting and gather her was injured seriously on April 5, 1945. He served with the 39th Infantry 9th Division and his name was George Anthony McEvoy. This is jus the beginning for me so if anyone has any tips or guidance, thank you. I plan to try to retrace his steps through North Africa to Germany at some point. Thank you.

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