PFC, 3d Platoon, 'A' Company
KIA Water Tank Hill,
24 February 1945.
Guthrie's book, it is stated that on 25 February "C" Company captured Water
Tower Hill. In my opinion it was "A" Company who captuted it. This is where
and when Lt. Sullens
was killed, Harvey Hicks, James
Jordan and Alfred Balliet
also killed at this time. None of the abovementioned died immediately but
they were all so badly wounded that they died. Hicks was in a position with
Sullens and had his foot blown off. Sullens was so badly hit that he
couldn't move. He was talking but stated that he was unable to be of any
help. Jordan was hit real bad in the belly but was able to tell us that he
had no further need for his TSMG. Balliet was hit badly in the upper left
arm - I'm sure it got into his chest - and I lighted a cigarette for him. I
later discovered when I was evacuated to Subic Bay that Balliet had died.
the late day assault on Water Tank Hill, on February 24, to the left of our
squad, Balliet was killed. I first heard of it in the hospital after the
Monkey Point explosion. Since then I have tried, particularly at 503d
reunions, to find someone who could tell me about his death but I have had
Alfred He joined the Army in 1941, and was with the 503d through Australia, New Guinea, Noemfoor, Mindoro and on Corregidor. On 25 February, a grenade hit him in the chest, and he died of wounds within two hours. He is buried at Trail City Cemetery, South Dakota.
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