HALLS John Derrick

halls john
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER17091542
AGE22 yo
DATE OF BIRTH

24 march 1922 Mancos

Montezuma County COLORADO

ETATMontezuma County COLORADO
FAMILYSingle
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENTAnimal and livestock farmersCO
DATE of ENLISTEMENT1 september 1942 Pueblo COLORADO
COMPANY81mm Mortar Platoon
HeadQuarters Company
BATTALION2nd Battalion
REGIMENT506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
DIVISION101st Airborne Division
DATE OF DEATH6 june 1944halls john tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHManoir de brécourt
DONNEE DE PLAN---
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY de Colleville

Plan of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
C1032
DECORATION
Purple Heart
Bronze Star
Photo FDLM
Photo FDLM
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STORY

Certified parachutist at Fort Benning. brevet parachutiste

John arrived in England in 1943.

He was parachuted in the night of June 5 to June 6 1944, by the 439th TCG, in the Ste Mère Eglise area.

He participated to the attack against the artillery battery that was located at the Brécourt manor.

This attack was led by the Easy Company of the 506th PIR - 101st Airborne.

12 or 13 men constituted the attack, 9 from the Easy Company and John (81mm Mortar Platoon), a man from the Fox Company and another private from another unit.

After arriving at the hamlet Le Grand Chemin, lieutenant Winters received the order to attack an artillery battery located at the Brécourt Manor (near Ste Mère Église). This battery is made of 4 cannons of 105mm. It threatens the landing of the 4th Infantry Division units on Utah Beach.

Lieutenant WINTERS replaces Lieutenant Thomas MEEHAN III who died during the crash of his C-47. He made a reconnaissance of the place at around 8.30 a.m.

According to Lieutenant WINTERS, the battery was defended by men from the 6th Falls Chirmjager Regiment (Paratroopers Regiment), which is to say about 60 men.

Apparently, in the night of June 5 to June 6 1944, the soldiers who were assigned to the artillery pieces ran away when they saw the American activity on the beaches, as well as the aerial activity. By the end of the afternoon, the unit came back to the Brécourt manor with the support of 4 Shermans to finish the work started in the morning.

manoir de brecourt

During this attack that took place under a heavy gun fire and using grenades, 3 servicemen died:
PFC John D HALLS
Sergeant Julius "RUSTY" HOUCK
WOJG Andrew HILL
(Warrant Officer Junior Grade)

He died during the attack of the second or third cannon, hit by a bullet in the back or might have died after the explosion of a mine…


According to Lieutenant WINTERS, the reconstitution of the Brécourt manor attack was indeed reconstituted in the TV series "Band of Brothers"

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John D HALLS dans la série "Band of Brothers"

There were often confusions between PFC John D HALLS (81mm Mortar Platoon) and the Tech5th Class John D HALL (HQ COMPANY 1st Battalion 506th PIR 101st Airborne). The second one died in the crash of his C-47 that took place in PICAUVILLE. John D HALL was at first buried in BLOSVILLE and then, his remains returned to the United States.


INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Aad.archives.gov/aad
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud