Karl C. « Molotov » Warner, a.k.a. « Mollie »

There is always ‘that’ guy in the company. The one that can not discipline himself down to the military standards. The « maverick » who is always seeking for troubles, or who is not fit for the job. Then there is ‘that’ man, who definitely hates discipline and seems to be the worse soldier of the regiment when in basic training or at the barracks, but when in combat proves to be an outstanding brave man, challenging danger and […]

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German relics from the battle

The Battle of Monceau-Imbrechies involved few companies of the 60th Infantry Regiment, and a German battalion-size force that was entrenched in and around the village of Macon, down the ridge of Imbrechies. It was around 11:30 that Saturday, 2 September 1944, when the German artillery (116. Panzer Division – Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 146) started to shell the ridge of Imbrechies, where soldiers from Able Company – 60th Infantry were observed. A German Command Car went up the hill and was immediately hit by […]

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Michael « Black Mike » B. Kauffman

Early years and education Myer Kauffman was born 4 August 1913 in Newcastle, England. He and his family left Great-Britain for Canada the same year. His family settled down in Vermont, USA, and his mother died when she gave birth when he was 8. His father then decided to leave him in a host family in New York City, with his sister and two brothers. He saw his father only once after that. He was […]

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November 8th, 1942: When the 9th Infantry Division entered War

Context On 8 November 1942, the first American ground troops started the fight against Nazism in the European-Middle Eastern Theater of Operation. A large scale landing is planned to happen on the coasts of North Africa, from the western coast of Morocco to the eastern part of Algeria. This coordinated operation has never been tempted before, on such a large scale. Approximately 2,000 km separate the most distant points, and three task forces are to […]

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Quentin R. Hardage

Quentin Rosevelt Hardage was born on 30 May 1919 in Madden, Mississipi. He was born and raised in a small farm. Addie, his mother, ran a general store there and his father, Elisha, was helping his mother at the store and was working at the farm as well. They had five children: Cecil (the older sister, born in 1907 and died in 2007), Laverne (born in 1913 and died in 1999), Edward (born in 1916 and died in […]

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First in Belgium ! – The story of the very first GIs who entered Belgium on 2 Sept. 1944

On 2 September 1944, orders are issued to the different regimental command posts. 60th R.C.T. is composed of 60th Infantry Regiment, 60th Field Artillery Battalion, Baker Co. 746th Tank Battalion and Baker Co. 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion (less 2nd Platoon attached to 47th R.C.T. but reinforced by the Reconnaissance Platoon from the HQ Company). These units spent the night in various locations on a line coming from Rozoy-sur-Serre to Aubenton. At 0600hrs, the three R.C.T. […]

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The Fifth Platoon: Negro volunteers within E Company, 60th Infantry

The condition of the Afro-American soldiers within the U.S. Army has always been subject to studies, and their effort to join the fight is now well-known. There are some famous units such as 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (which was never deployed) or the “Red Tails” (332nd Fighter Group) in the USAAF, and on a larger scale, the 92nd Infantry Division in Italy. However, these frontline units were kind of exceptional, since the U.S. Army wasn’t […]

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Macon, Belgium – 2 Sep. 1944

Village of Macon. 00.30PM, Mayor Pépin welcomes Sergeant Dickinson (A/60th IR) in front of the old XVth century tree. Sergeant Dickinson’s patrol left the Monceau-Imbrechies ridge to bypass the main road leading to Macon and spot the German SS observer who pinpointed the GIs down on the ridge. They got him and the artillery shutted up ! Share

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One day for two heroes in Renouf, Normandy

On 14 June 1944, two men had rendezvous with destiny. One sacrificed himself for his men, while another one captured 85 German soldiers. Their destiny had in common to save numerous lives. These heroes were Staff-Sergeant Paul E. Alexander, and First-Lieutenant Joseph L. Rappazini, both members of the 60th Infantry Regiment. On 10 June 1944, the first elements of the 9th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach (Colonel Flint’s 39th Infantry Regiment) to be attached […]

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The Devels cross the Meuse River, September 1944

In Belgium, the Allied troops in the south part were confronted to a huge natural obstacle: the Meuse River. The 60th Infantry Regiment was one of the regiment who had to cross it first, to establish a bridgehead on the east bank, so that the Red Ball Express could use bridges to continue their supply operations towards Germany. The “Devels” took part there to one of the worst battle that its men had to face since […]

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