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1917-1919 * St. Mihiel * Lorraine * Meuse-Argonne 1942-1946 * Ardennes * Rhineland * Central Europe
"To Preserve The Contacts and Traditions of the Lightning Division"

 
 
   

Nine Weeks & Eight Months In 1945
The story of Private 1st Class Melvin Edward Abitz at the Battle of The Bulge

Written by John Galloway

 

   

     Recognize this face? Helen Walker, whose Dad, Sgt Art Hagen (see photo) was in the 78th Division during WW2, is looking for anyone with information or knowledge of them. He was then Sgt. Arthur C Hagen, Hdq & Hdq, 2nd Battalion. Helen tells us: "I know nothing about his wartime experiences, Mom always said that Dad wouldn't talk about the war. The only story she knew was that he used to sleep at night under an ammunition truck, he always said it didn't bother him to sleep there, because if a bullet had his name on it, the bullet was going to find him no matter where he was. Luckily none of the bullets had his name on them for all 3 of his children were born after the war! " If you have any information about her father, Helen would love to hear from you. You may email her at derecol@yahoo.com

 

   

Five Key Men of C-Company 309th Infantry Regiment
1SGT Bill Burks 2nd from right

Click photo to enlarge

 

     

I Still Have Nightmares
(from July 1999 "The Flash")

 

     

"Sorry, Sarge, you’ll have to take my heart"
By W. T. Block, 78th Signal, attached to 309th HQ

 

     

"Christmas week in Simmerath - The baptism of fire of the 309th Infantry Regiment"
By W. T. Block. This story was als published in The Flash, January 2000, Vol. MM, #1, pages 90-97.

 

     

The Following Four Stories are all interrelated:
C/309th men either wounded or KIA same day March 20, 1945

 
 
     

The Search for Andrew E. Lincoln, C-Company/309th Inf  by Greg Farrell

 
     

"The Battle for Frankenforst" - (letter to Greg Farrell) by SSG Warren Binkley - October 1999 [Added 6 May 05]

 
 
Frankenforst today
 

"Rough Start for C-Company at Frankenforst"
by T/Sgt William Hanks (scribed by Greg Farrell April 27, 2005) [Added 6 May 05]

 
 
Stieldorf today
 

"Stieldorf"
by Harley Clare Headley – January 1995 (Edited by Alison E. Headley – April 2005)     [Added 5 May 05]

 

     

78th Div After Action Report of 20 March 45 page 20

 

     

78th Div After Action Report of 20 March 45 page 21

 

     

C/309 Morning Report pages 1-2, 20 March 45

 

     

C/309 Morning Report page 3 of 20 March 45 and page 1 of 21 March 45

 

     

C/309 Morning Report page 3 of 20 March 45 and page 1 of 21 March 45 (lower portion)

 
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