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Beef Sausages, a la Sukon

Beef Sausages, a la Sukon 

 

A few memories I would like to share with my comrades-at-arms.  Briefly, I would like to mention the week before December 16, 1944.  We were relieved by the 99th Infantry Division.  At least our 39th Infantry Regiment was. Our objective was to shuttle back through Eupen, Belgium, by truck to relieve the 1st Infantry Division, which had been in a tough fire fight with the Krauts.  Our objective was to take one town.  The name I believe was Duren, Germany.  We were promised a five-day break when this mission was accomplished.

 

After some tough fighting, we had taken the second town on the 15th of December.  I remember very well Sergeant Sukon, our squad leader, instructing me to kill a young cow that was grazing just outside of town.  He and another one of my buddies, I don't remember his name, would try and locate a sausage grinder.  We waited until dusk so we could drag the cow into a shed because the Germans were in a patch of woods just across this field.  They found the sausage grinder, so we had fresh beef that night.  At this time I was 1st scout -- had been since the Normandy Invasion.  So they decided that they would promote me to light 604 machine gunner, in which capacity I served until January 13, 1945.

 
Unfortunately, at dawn the next morning, December 16th, 1944, we were ordered back into the Ardennes [and told] that the Germans had overrun the 99th Infantry Division.  We moved back through Eupen by truck. We didn't know it at that time but the 6th Panzer Army had encountered our troops.  As we moved back in there everything was in confusion.  I understand years later that the 9th Infantry Division was instrumental in stopping the 6th Panzer Army cold.
 

During the period of December 16th, 1944, to Christmas Day the Germans were hitting us with counter attacks with everything they had.  All of my buddies were replacements.  There were only five of us original ones left.  Then an officer, a lieutenant whose name I can't recall, being a replacement left me and one replacement as rear guard until they could pull back.  The lieutenant told me if I survived it until daylight when they got out to hide and not try to follow them; he would come back at break of day and get me.  So, with me and my 604 light machine gun and the soldier that was with me, we gave them the protection they needed.  We held the Jerry's at bay. I will never forget that night.  I had told this soldier when I gave him the orders to cease fire to pick him out a good place to hide while it was still day.  I hid in a tree lap from which the tops of the pines had been blown out by artillery.  The Germans looked for us for several hours.  They knew we were there somewhere.  They found my machine gun which I had left.  I thought that they could hear my knees knocking together in the pine needles.

 

The lieutenant kept his word and at dawn he came in with a patrol and rescued us.  I assume he took it on himself, because at this time my mother was notified that I was missing in action.  If the lieutenant is somewhere out there somewhere and remembers this incident, I would sure love to hear from him.

 
We lost many of our capable leaders and men.  Some I haven't heard from since. Don't know what ever happened to Sergeant Sukon.  I would love to hear from anyone who has any information on him.
 

Things quieted down considerably at this time.  We were on the attack again when I was ordered back to the command post with some message which I don't recall at this time.  The aid man wanted to take a look at my feet, which were frozen.  I was taken back to England to the hospital.  That ended my combat experiences.

 
Source: Battle of the Bulge 1995

Garland B. GLOVIER

"G" Company

39th Infantry Regiment

9th Infantry Division

Campaigns

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium