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Deadly Nothum, Luxembourg

Deadly Nothum, Luxembourg
 
Our company arrived in Nothum, Luxembourg, in the first week of January 1945. The town had been damaged by shell fire. Our squad used a cellar as sleeping quarters. Our 81mm mortar position was very close to the building. During the nights, we took turns on guard duty.
 
About midnight on the 6th of January 1945, Pfc William E Barr was on guard duty. German shell fire became extremely heavy. Some of the shells hit our building. Since I was about to relieve Barr, I went up the cellar steps to look for him. I found him lying on the ground. I realized that he was not moving or talking. I saw that he had been hit around the neck.
 
Medic Paul Yee came and looked at Barr’s wounds. Yee told me that Barr was dead from the neck wounds. He had been hit by the shell fire. I helped the medic carry Barr into a nearby barn. We placed his body next to two other men from our company.
 
The other two men were T/Sergeant Marino D Bifolchini and Pfc Clyde E Campbell. They also had been killed by shell fire. There were several other men laid out in the barn. Blankets had been thrown over them. I did not look to see who they were. We had more casualties in Nothum than any other place.
 
I replaced Barr on guard duty. The shelling continued through the night. It was too dangerous to stand upright. I spent the entire guard time on my knees.
 
As for Pfc Barr, he was from Baltimore. He was in his early thirties and had three children. He had been drafted in the fall of 1944. He was sent to our company in December. He was only in the military for about three months.
 

Source: The Bulge Bugle February 2000.

Photo Morano from Findagrave.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By Pfc Carl J MORANO

"D" Company

 

328th Infantry Regiment

 

26th Infantry Division

Campaigns

Battle of the Bulge,

Belgium