William Edwin WARFIELD

 

warfield william
NUMBER OF SERVICEO-258123
AGE27 yo
DATE OF BIRTH27 May 1908
ETATMontgomery County  MARYLAND
FAMILY

Spouse : Esther Gertrude

Children : Robert & Natalie

Parents : Elisha S & Ethel P WARFIELD

Sister : Ethel Pearl

RANKLieutenant Colonel
FONCTIONBattalion Commander
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-MD
DATE of ENLISTEMENT-
REGIMENT  116th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION  29th Infantry Division
Surnom "Blue and Gray"
"29th Let s go!"
DATE OF DEATH10 june 1944warfield william tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHLison
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
H217
DECORATION

Silver Star

Purple Heart

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STORY

William was admired and respected by his men

He landed at Omaha Beach

7 8 juin 1944

In the evening of 09-10 June 1944, the second battalion was north of Cartigny the Epinay and north-east of Lison.

The battalion bivouacked in a field near a junction leading to Lison.

Around 2:45, men are very tired after a walk of 72 hours.

Suddenly a very long column of vehicles arrive friends or enemies ?? gunshots sounded, it was a German artillery column followed by tank Marder.

This convoy was in the process of retreating towards the valley of Aure.

The Germans shoot at anything that moves using their cannons on American soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonel Warfield is killed, his colt 45 in hand and 10 other officers, unable to withstand such firepower the survivors flee in all directions.

  carte des lieu

This enemy attack will cost in addition to the eleven officers 139 troops 

On June 10, 1944, General Gerhardt having no news of the second battalion, he decides to send a patrol to his search 

She found a survivor in shock, in his report this soldier explains that a tank entered the field and with his gun he destroyed the battalion. 

18 more soldiers will be found, they were collected by locals

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29th INFANTRY DIVISION - BLUE AND GRAY

 

Activated/Activé

 Normandy/Normandie

3 Feb 1941  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  242
   Casualties/Victimes 20 620

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

 
6 Jun1944 D-Day  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord (Feb 41 - Jan 42)
Maj. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow (Feb 42 - Jul 43)
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt (Jul 43 - inactivation)

Campaigns/Campagnes

Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)

   

PLAN DE ROUTE DE LA CAMPAGNE - CAMPAIGN ROUTE MAP

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DIVISION CHRONICLE


The 29th Infantry Division trained in Scotland and England for the crosschannel invasion, October 1942-June 1944. Teamed with the 1st Division, a regiment of the 29th (116th Infantry) was in the first assault wave to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-day, 6 June 1944. Landing on Omaha Beach on the same day in the face of intense enemy fire, the Division soon secured the bluff tops and occupied Isigny, 9 June. The Division cut across the Elle River and advanced slowly toward St. Lo, fighting bitterly in the Normandy hedge rows. After taking St. Lo, 18 July 1944, the Division joined in the battle for Vire, capturing that strongly held city, 7 August. Turning west, the 29th took part in the assault on Brest, 25 August-18 September 1944. After a short rest, the Division moved to defensive positions along the Teveren-Geilenkirchen line in Germany and maintained those positions through October. (In mid-October the 116th Infantry took part in the fighting at the Aachen Gap.) On 16 November the Division began its drive to the Roer, blasting its way through Siersdorf, Setterich, Durboslar, and Bettendorf, and reaching the Roer by the end of the month. Heavy fighting reduced Julich Sportplatz and the Hasenfeld Gut, 8 December. From 8 December 1944 to 23 February 1945, the Division held defensive positions along the Roer and prepared for the offensive. The attack jumped off across the Roer, 23 February, and carried the Division through Julich, Broich, Immerath, and Titz, to Munchen-Gladbach, 1 March 1945. The Division was out of combat in March. In early April the 116th Infantry helped mop up in the Ruhr area. On 19 April 1945 the Division pushed to the Elbe and held defensive positions until 4 May. Meanwhile, the 175th Infantry cleared the Klotze Forest. After VE-day, the Division was on military government duty in the Bremen enclave.

CHRONIQUE DE DIVISION


La 29th Infantry Division s'entraîna en Ecosse et en Angleterre pour l'invasion crosschannel, d'octobre 1942 à juin 1944. En équipe avec la 1st Division, un régiment du 29th (116th Infantry) se trouvait dans la première vague d'assaut pour frapper les plages de Normandie. Le 6 juin 1944, débarquant à Omaha Beach, le même jour, face à un feu nourri de l'ennemi, la division s'empara bientôt des falaises et occupa Isigny, le 9 juin. La Division traversa la rivière Elle et s'avança lentement vers Saint-Lô, se battant amèrement dans les rangées de haies de Normandie. Après avoir pris St. Lo, le 18 juillet 1944, la division se joignit à la bataille de Vire pour s'emparer de cette ville fortement occupée, le 7 août. Tournant vers l'ouest, le 29 a pris part à l'assaut sur Brest, 25 août-18 septembre 1944. Après un court repos, la division a déménagé à des positions défensives le long de la ligne Teveren-Geilenkirchen en Allemagne et a maintenu ces positions jusqu'en octobre. (À la mi-octobre, le 116e régiment d'infanterie prit part aux combats à Aix-la-Chapelle.) Le 16 novembre, la division commença sa route vers la Roer, traversant Siersdorf, Setterich, Durboslar et Bettendorf, et atteignant la Roer par la fin du mois. Les combats intenses ont réduit Julich Sportplatz et le Hasenfeld Gut, le 8 décembre. Du 8 décembre 1944 au 23 février 1945, la division occupe des positions défensives le long de la Roer et se prépare à l'offensive. L'attaque a sauté à travers le Roer, le 23 février, et a porté la Division par l'intermédiaire de Julich, Broich, Immerath, et Titz, à Munchen-Gladbach, le 1er mars 1945. La Division était hors combat en mars. Au début du mois d'avril, le 116th Infantry a aidé à nettoyer la région de la Ruhr. Le 19 avril 1945, la division pousse vers l'Elbe et occupe des positions défensives jusqu'au 4 mai. Pendant ce temps, le 175th Infantry a dégagé la forêt de Klotze. Après le jour de la victoire, la division était en service militaire dans l'enclave de Brême.
SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOArmydivs.squarespace.com

Brother's

William


Donald Elisha WARFIELD

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER33130926warfield william frere
DATE OF BIRTH19 august 1918
STATEMontgomery County MARYLAND
FAMILYSingle
JOB before ENLISTEMENT

 

Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor

MD
DATE of ENLISTEMENT28 janvier 1942 Camps Lee VIRGINIA
He will survive the Second World War
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SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOJames H. WARFIELD - Clive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE -  History.army.mil
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
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