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
20 April 1945