Major Robert F. Burns

90th Division, U.S. Army

 

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358th Infantry Typed History

July 9, 1944
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358th Infantry Typed History

July 9-July 31, 1944


18 July 1944

HISTORY - 358th Infantry

At 2340, 17 July, two artillery shells landed in the vicinity of Gorges and two men in the 1st Bn Hq Co. Kitchen were hit.. So reported Lt. Col Seegar at 0115. At this time, a FA Captain, who had been captured and had escaped, arrived at the CP. Lt. Clark, Div Ln O. conducted him to Division.

At 0855 it was decided to give awards at the CP at 1500. The awards would be given by the Commanding General.

The morning was spent in conferences and in planning for future operations. Capt. Steckla was directed to pick a location for a future CP in the vicinity of Gonfreyville The Medics and Collecting Co. were oriented on our front lines - to be. At 1135 the Cml Col., now connected with the FA Fire Direction, stated they would rake the edge of the Island at H-5 - smoke according to direction of the wind.

The first part of the afternoon was spent checking on plans with adjacent units and artillery concentrations. At 1335 Lt. Col. Clarke arrived from Division. He stated plans worked out yesterday and this morning were approved. 0100 would be "move-up" plan. All units concerned were informed.

At 1400 General Landrum phones and announced the postponement of the attack for 24 hours. All units were notified of the change.

At 1500 General Landrum presented the awards to the Officers and Men of the 359th Infantry. The ceremony, though simple, was impressive.

In a small farmhouse courtyard, a guard of honor stood at attention. The General's Aide read the name and accomplishment of each Officer and man, to receive a decoration. That man then was presented, by the General, with his award. The following named men were decorated:

SILVER STAR

2nd Lt. Woods, T/4 Simkewicz, Major La Forge, Capt Moniso, Major Schultz, 1st Lt. Campbell, T/Sgt. Reggerness.

BRONZE STAR

Lt. Col. Christian R. Clarke, Jr., T/Sgt. Renoff, S/Sgt Wilson, Sgt. Selmer, Sgt. Revezzi, T/5 Hahn, Sgt. Larson, PFC Hartman, PFC Dugan.

At 1555 Lt. Col. Seegar conferred with Major Wallace on the coming attack and the various phases of it. Capt Wise, CO Cn Co., reported shells landed 200 yards in rear of his CP at 1700. By 1721 all lines were out due to enemy shelling. 3d Bn reported 10 casualties. At 1845 Major Falvey left for Division and the 4th AD. 1900 and Lt. Clark, Ln O to Division was promoted to 1st Lt!

At 2150 Major Wallace and Capt Steckla discussed the location of the New CP.



19 July 1944

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