3d platoon under
Lt. Watkins, attacked and secured ridge to left front of company. No resistance encountered but
intense mortar fire
was received killing platoon sgt. Rabe, wounding Lt. Preston in the leg,
and Pvt Ladig suffered shell shock. The platoon was forced to withdraw.
At 1330 the 1st Platoon,
under Lt Nikle and the platoon leader Lt. Mara secured the hill and
advanced to the next hill on the
right front. Only mild resistance was encountered on the assault but as
soon as the hill was secured
the enemy countered with very intensive machine gun and small arms fire from the front and both flanks supplemented by accurate mortar fire.
A mortar shell killed Lt. Nickle, amputated T/4 Upchurch's leg causing
him to bleed to death, and slightly wounding Pfc. McLaughlin. Pfc
Huerter was lightly wounded in a few minutes by mortar fragments, and
Lt. David, in command of attached MG platoon, was killed by an enemy
sniper. Lt David's body was on the forward slope in an exposed position
and Pfc Schupp and Pfc. Fisher were wounded by enemy fire while trying
to recover the body. Pvt. Lapidus received a bullet wound in the neck
causing his death two days later. At 1400 the 2nd platoon joined the
1st; one squad under Sgt. Minor aided in securing the ridge acid
the other two squads under Sgts. Evleth and Stowe acted as litter
bearers. Lt Collins assumed command
of the Co.
"D" Co. History
20 April 1945
Pvt. Lapidoos' entry in
the Honor Roll
Pvt. Lapidoos' circumstances of death, in context.