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30th Infantry Division, Old Hickory

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    Here is a map showing the disposition of 1/117th at St Barthelemy 0400 7 Aug 44

    View attachment 24008

    Here is a map showing the events of 7 Aug around Mortain.

    View attachment 24007

    The topmost map courtesy of OldHickory30th.com Go through the site, there is no telling what you might find. This is an especially good section--> Reports.

    Here is a link to Google Maps showing St. Barthelemy today. You can use Keith's descriptions above to locate where the units were.
     

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    The roster at the link below shows him with the Combat Infantry Badge which would indicate he was with them from the beginning. It takes time to earn the CIB.

    http://www.indianamilitary.org/30TH/SoThinkMenu/30thSTART.htm
     
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    Thanks Kodiakbear you have been a Great Help!!!
     
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    I have pictures of him from boot camp and a picture of him holding my dad before he shipped out.
     
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    What does DuB-m mean in awards list... I know PH is Purple Heart.
     
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    Distinguished Unit Badge. That award award was given to 'Curlew' (1st Battalion, 117th IR, 30th ID) for that heroic stand at Mortain. They earned another at the Siegfried line and suffered a similar casualty rate in earning it.
     
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    Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate all the knowledge to help find out on my Great Uncle.
     
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    00.55 Uhr:
    Ia – Ia Armee:
    Rest Lds.Btl.547 (1 Schtz.Zug, 1 schw. Kp mit 2 3,7cm Pak 3 mittlere Granatwerfer, 4 s.M.G. ) wird dem Gen.Kdo. am 15.(. im E-Transport nach Düren zugeführt.
    Ia Armee schlägt vor, Reste des Btls. aufzuteilen und Stab für Ordnungsaufgaben zu verwenden.
    1 Lds.Pi.Kp. und 1 Lds.Bau.Kp. durch Oberst Aßmann zugeführt und vereinnahmt und 353.I.D. Unterstellt.
    353.I.D. bereitet Rückhaltstellung mit Arbeitsdienst, Zivilisten usw. im Zuge Abschnitt Jülich – Düren vor.
    00:55 hrs:
    Ia to Ia Armee
    Remnants of Lds.Btl.547 (1 Schtz.Zug, 1 schw. Kp mit 2 3,7cm Pak 3 mittlere Granatwerfer, 4 s.M.G. ) is repositioned to Gen.Kdo. at 15th in E-Transport to Düren. Ia Armee suggest to split up rest of the battalion and deploy the staff for order tasks.
    1 Lds.Pi.Kp. und 1 Lds.Bau.Kp. ordered by Oberst Aßmann to deploye under command of 353.Inf .Div.
    353 inf.div prepares a supportposition with Arbeidsdienst, civilians etc. at outskirts of sector Jülich-Düren
    01.00 Uhr:
    Ia 116.P.D. – Ia
    Das Zurückweichen von Teilen des Lds.Btls. 453, das M.G.Btl.34 ist zurückführen auf die Ansicht des Kdrs. Des Lds.Btls., daß nach seiner Ansicht auf den wirklichen Westwall hinter Aachen nach erfolgtem Feinddurchbruch zurückgegangen werden sollte.Die anderen Teile haben sich diesem Zurückgehen angeschlossen.
    Die Div. hatte lediglich Befehl gegeben, daß alle herausgeschossenen Teile durch dahinter stehende eigene Teile aufgefangen werden sollten.
    01:00
    Ia 116 panz Div to Ia:
    The retreat of units of Lds.Btls. 453, M.G.Btl.34 is lead back to the judgement of commander of Lds Battl, that to his opinion, when the enemy succesfully breaks through, a fall back should be made to the real Westwall behind Aachen. Other units have joint this retreat. The Division had only issued the order that all scattered units should be gathered by their own units.
    Morgenmeldungen:
    Morningreports
    275. I.D.: K.b.E.
    49. I.D.: K.b.E.
    116. P.D.: Feind während der Abendstunden von Süden in Lücke von 9. und 116.P.D. in Rote Erde
    und Dilendorf eingedrungen. Beide Orte in Feindeshand.
    Meldung über Anlaufen des beabsichtigten Gegenangriffs liegen noch nicht vor.
    Nacht sonst ruhig verlaufen. K.b.E.
    116 Panz. Div. :Enemy broke through during evening from south in gap between 9th and 116 Panz. Div in Rote Erde and Dilendorf. Both places in enemy hands.
    No reports at this moment of the planned counterattack.
    Night otherwise quite. K.b.e.
    Arko 117: Eisenbahn-Bttr. 674 schoß ab 02.31 bis 03.45 Uhr 15 Schuß Störungsfeuer auf Mechelen.
    Arko 117: Eisenbahn Bttr 674 (Railway gun 24 cm) fired between 02:31 and 03:45 15 shots harrassingfire on Mechelen
    Battr. Schießt ab 04.01 weitere 15 Schuß auf Vijlen.
    Infolge Bodennebels keine Meßstellenbeobachtung.
    At 04:01 hrs Battery fires another 15 shots at Vijlen, because of ground fog no observations with measurement possible.
    Keine feindl. Gegenwirkung. Fdl. Störungsfeuer im Gelände verstreut, jedoch in einen
    Entfernung von etwa 1000 m ab Feuerstellung.
    No enemy countermeasures, enemy harrassingfire scattered in field, though within a distance of about 1000 metres of our firingposition
    8 x 7,62 cm Kanonen in Zuführung mit Fahrzeugen O Qu West nach Beasweiler südl.
    Geilenkrchen für 49.I.D. Heeres-Fest.Art.Abt. 1301 in Stellungswechsel nach Bereitstellungsraum no. Jülich.
    8 7,62 cm guns transfered with trucks to Beasweiler southern of Geilenkirchen, destination: 49 th inf.div.
    Heeres-Fest.Art.Abt. 1301 changing position to deployment position north east of Jülich
    Bv.T.O. Herkules:
    Artl.Abt.1301 noch Verlanden in Eschweiler. Wird nach Jülich weitergeleitet.
    Bv TO Herkules: Arti. Abt 1301 still in position in Eschweiler, will be transfered to Jülich.
     
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    Adopters of grave: family Meijers:

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    Unfortunately for family Meijers they were not able to get a picture of their soldier.
     
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    That salute is for all the wonderful Dutch people who remember the allied soldiers that fought and died across western Europe. Most of them are gone now, but be assured that their children and grandchildren are grateful that they are remembered.
     
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    There is a documentary about family meeting adopters of grave : Onze Soldaat ( our soldier) also available in english subtitles:

    http://www.onzesoldaat.nl/en/

    or watch dutch version online:
    http://www.kro-ncrv.nl/kruispunt/seizoenen/2016/30-145107-03-04-2016
     
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    05.30 Uhr weiter an Arko 117
    07.40 Uhr:
    Chef – Kdr. 9.P.:
    Lageschilderung durch Kdr. 9.P.D.
    Einbruch Mausbach bereinigt bis auf 2 Bunker, um die Kampf noch im Gange.
    Gegenstoß auf Vicht und auf Zweifall angesetzt. Erfolgsmeldung steht noch aus.
    07:40hrs
    Situation report by Commander 9 Panz. Div:
    Breakthrough at Mausbach cleared except for 2 bunkers were fighting still is going on
    Counterattack at Vicht and Zweifall started, report about outcome not available yet.
    08.40 Uhr:
    Chef – Ia 116.Pz.Div.:
    Pz.A.A. von starkem Inf.-und Panzerfeind auf die Bahnlinie, die von Burdscheit nach Nordosten führt, zurückgedrängt. Dort bereits aufgefangene Teile M.G. Btl. Eingesetzt. Vordere Linie verläuft am Bahndamm. Div.Kdr. ist zur Klärung der Lage nach vorne gefahren.
    08:40 Chief - Ia 116th Panz Div:
    Panzer Abwehr Abteilung (Antitank units) pushed back by strong enemy infantry and tanks to Railroad which runs from Burdscheit to North East. Overthere already gathered units of Mg Battalions put into action. Frontline is Railroad. Division commander went up there to find out about situation.
    08.45 Uhr:
    Auf Befehl Gen.Kdo. soll Autobahnbrücke bei Lughem gesprengt werden. Brücke ist zugleich als LS-Bunker für die Zivilbevölkerung ausgebaut. 9.P.D. bittet um Entscheidung, ob trotzdem gesprengt werden soll.
    8:45:
    At order of General Command the bridge over highway at Lughem has to be blown up. Bridge has also function as anti-airraid shelter for civilians.
    9th Panz Div. requests to evaluate if the bridge should be blown up despite this.
    09.15 Uhr:
    Ia 116.P.D. – O 1:
    08.15 Uhr 25 Panzer mit zahlreichen MTW auf Straße Brand nach Eilendorf, drehen anscheinend auf Straße nach Stolberg ab.
    Gleichzeitig starker Nebelbeschuß auf Westwall beiderseits der Straße nach Stolberg, außerdem –
    anscheinend gleichzeitig – Angriff auf eigene Sicherungen bei Eilendorf. Starkes Gewehr- und MG-Feuer hörbar. Aufklärung fand Eilendorf 08.00 Uhr feindfrei.
    09:15
    Ia 116th Panz. Div. to O 1
    8:15 : 25 tanks with many trooptransportcarriers on the road from Brand to Eilendorf, which are heading obviously to the road to Stolberg. At the same moment heavy smoke laid at Westwall on both sides of road to Stolberg.and besides that, also at the same moment attack at our strongpoints at Eilenberg. We can hear heavy gun and machingunfire. Recon found Eilenberg at 08:00 hrs free of enemy.
    09.25 Uhr:
    Chef – 9.P.D.:
    Lageorientierung.
    9.P.D. hat Auftrag, mit gepanzerter Gruppe Feind anzugreifen und ihn hinter den Westwallriegel
    zurückzuwerfen. Höchste Eile geboten.
    09:25:
    Chief 9th Panz. Div
    Statusreport: 9th Panz Div. is ordered to attack enemy with armored units and push him back behind Westwall with haste !
    10.05 Uhr:
    49.I.D. – O 5:
    Aufklärung hat Negertruppen und einige Panzer in Holset festgestellt. Im übrigen Ruhe im Abschnitt.
    10:05 :
    49th Inf Div.- O 5:
    Reconmission has detected Negrotroops and some Tanks in Holset.
    Besides this all quite in this sector.
     

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