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Three Days in the Bulge

 Three Days in the Bulge
December 15, 1944 – Weather clear again today – something unusual was happening in our area – regimental and battalion commanders visited our company area – Private Hanssen was decorated with the Purple Heart – enemy action was light tech – T/Sgt Fowler went to the hospital with infected blisters – S/Sgt Brown is suffering from bursitis in the right knee – both men were dropped from assignment.
December 16, 1944 – today the weather was cloudy and cold.  The Jerries laid a barrage of artillery in our area starting at 0500 and from now on artillery continued to land in our sector all day and night – all men were kept on the alert for an attack all day and night – things are beginning to pop – two casualties were suffered today from shrapnel – Pfc Smilley was wounded in right femur and Pfc Allen was wounded in the left shoulder – 2nd Lieutenant Woods was also evacuated with second-degree burns on the right hand and left knee – back in the American lines where the kitchen was located – shells came in early in the morning – all men took the bomb shelters in the backyard - one shell landed 15 yards from a house in which our kitchen was located – no casualties.
December 17, 1944 – artillery barrage continued along the lines occupied by our troops – at zero 0900 air activity was terrific and friendly planes were in the sky – jerry planes were strafing our lines and our planes were strafing and bombing the German lines – dogfights were overhead and three Jerry planes were shot down during the fight – one P-38 was shot down – it was apparent that the Germans were starting a big attack – back in the kitchen area – artillery was coming in fast and men went to the bomb shelters at 1000 and remained there until seven o’clock – one shell knocking out the windows and strafing the side of a house and roof – although artillery had seemed to decease enemy patrols were numerous and active all day – upon receipt of orders to withdraw the company – withdrew at 1500 hours leaving a small covering force to assemble near homes and Belgian, where the company dug in for the night and set up a perimeter defense – In the rear echelon kitchens received orders to load up about 0900 but due to enemy positions the convoy did not move out until 1500 from Murringen, Belgium, to Camp d’Elsenborn before arriving at 1850 – Lieutenant Murray was the only casually suffered today he was hit by a fragment of a booby-trap.
Source: The Bulge Bugle November 2011
By Sgt Chuk E KATLIC


"F" Company


394th Infantry Regiment


99th Infantry Division



Battle of the Bulge,