« We blocked the Bulge », story of the 39th Infantry Regiment in the Ardennes (December 1944)

Speaking about the Battle of the Bulge in the 9th Infantry Division history is quite incorrect. The official name for their actions fits better, since it is called the Ardenne Campaign. On the early morning of 16 December 1944, the U.S. Army encountered a massive German offensive with as northern limit the Elsenborn ridge, and as the southern limit the town of Diekirch. At that time, the northern part of the U.S. defense was the […]

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Peter J. Dalessandro (MoH)

Peter J. Dalessandro was born on 19 May 1918 and passed away on 15 October 1997. He was Technical-Sergeant (Platoon Sergeant) of 1st Platoon – Easy Company – 39th Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions of 22 December 1944, near Kalterherberg, in Germany. Peter when in Fort Bragg, photo taken from the Yearbook As Platoon Sergeant, he was given the task to secure an important crossroad on the high ground […]

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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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Deadlock in Hürtgen Forest – Vossenack, October 1944

From 11 to 14 October 1944, 3rd Battalion – 39th Infantry – lost nearly 350 men in the fights conducted to seize the village of Vossenack, in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany. Vossenack and Germeter are villages located aside the road leading to Düren, main objective of the division during the battle of Hurtgen Forest. This road focused impressive combats during nearly two months (September-October). Then located north-west of Germeter, third Battalion of Lt. Col. Robert […]

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