John  P WHITEHEAD

 

whitehead john
NUMBER OF SERVICE0-394653
AGE26 yo
DATE OF BIRTH20 août 1918 ILLINOIS
ETATChampaign County  ILLINOIS
FAMILY--
RANKCaptain
FONCTION--
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-IL
DATE of ENLISTEMENT-
BATTALION Company HeadQuarter
DIVISION 29th Infantry Division
Surnom "Blue and Gray"
"29th Let s go!"
ARMYVth Corps
DATE OF DEATH12 june 1944whitehead john tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH--
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
I99
DECORATION

Silver Star

Purple Heart

ss

Photo FDLM

 

us army div 29
STORY

On the 12 of June 1944 , the 29th infantry division received the order to attack his objective and for that to cross the river Elle.

The 175th infantry regiment was on standby along the river Vire.

The 115th infantry regiment attak , moving to the south.

The german troups moved back o the south bank of the river Elle, after a long artilleryfire the 115th charge.

Quickly they are blocked by mortar shot and german infantry response , tanks help also the german troops ( one panzer will be detected and destructed).

The 115th deplored a lot of fatalities during the starting of the assault.

Flanks of the first battalion are exposed along a road and suddenly german vehicles appear on the road.

The german troops cut the battalion from his rear lines.

They are surronded suffering mortars that crush Us soldiers. They ran out of ammo and the Cne Whitehead is fatally shot during this period.

12 june 44 29th

This day all the units of the 29th division has to fall back under the german counter-attack and came back to their first position on the north of the river Elle.

12 june 44 29th 1

For example, the first battalion of the 116th infantry regiment lost 116 soldiers and had 164 wounded .

The infantry units were pulled through a bad time by the intervention of the 110th field artillery battalion.


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