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10th Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge

The 10th Infantry Regiment was on the far right side of the Divisions Frontline during their  part of the Battle of the Bulge and it was the first regiment to arrive in Luxembourg.  The 10th Regiment jumped off south of Michelshoff on December 21st and experienced one of their bloodiest fights of World War 2. Opposition was strong and the regiment couldn’t proceed along E29 until December 29th. With 2nd Bn on the left side of the road and 1st Bn on the right side of the road the regiment moved up to the Lauterborn crossroads. G Company, supported by tanks moved on the E29 while the rest of 2nd Bn moved along the ridge line on their flank. By nightfall they had taken Hill 313 overlooking the road to Echternach and soldiers spent Christmas Eve in their foxholes. During the next few days the regiment pushed the Germans back across the Sauer as they occupied the highground overlooking Echternach.

There are several stories of soldiers from the 10th Infantry Regiment who fought here. Click on them below!

From January 1st to 17th, the 10th regiment was in position between Gilsdorf and Reisdorf. Here it held daily patrolls to get familiar with the area. Eventually the regiment crossed the Sauer river near Gilsdorf on January 18th. The 2nd regiment crossed the same day at Ingeldorf. The Sauer Crossing marked the beginning of the last phase of the Battle of the Bulge in the Southern Shoulder. On January 28th the regiment ook Putscheid and pushed the Germans back across the border. The Battle of the Bulge was over

Click on the names below to read the different account of veterans of the 10th Regimet that fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

At the foot of hill 313

Books

There are a couple of books that cover the story of the 10th Infantry Regiment.

In Foxhole Promises are the story of some veterans from K Company of the 10th Infantry Regiment. The author, Arnold G. Whittaker, was K Company veteran himself and remembers the winter days he spent in luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge.

Before Memories Fade is a book that was written to remember Private First Class Melvin W. Dunn. He was a member of General George Patton’s 3rd Army, 5th Infantry Division and the 10th Regiment, C Company in World War II. He was killed during the Ardennes Offensive, better known as the Battle of the Bulge on January 28, 1945.

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  1. Vicki H
    December 11, 2014 - 3:52 am

    Hi Joe,
    I’ve enjoyed viewing your site. My grandfather, Gordon Weddington, served in the 10th Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded and died on 10 January 1945. He was a replacement who left the US in August, 1944. I look forward to learning more of the movements his Infantry Regiment made during this time. Thanks for all you do.

    Vicki

    • Christine Tracey
      January 31, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      Vicki, have been researching my dad’s medals. He was taken as pow by Germans during the bulge. He has the double crossed rifles with gold and blue on bottom. Never knew he was pow til this week. He died 30 years ago. It was in a box his last wife’s house. Try to get his service number. Lots of people willing to help find his history. I have a new respect after this search started.

  2. Smitty Bell
    February 8, 2015 - 2:20 am

    My father Leland Andrew Bell was in Company H, 10th Reg arrived at the Bulgehe on Christmas Eve 1944, he was at the Czec Border when the war ended. Exactly 70 years ago today they crossed the Sauer River, some units actually used German boats they found in a warehouse. My father and I visited the River Cross site at t he Sauer and all the others from Luxenburg June of 1995. At the time I was unaware of the history but while attending a course at Fort Lee, VA my staff group had an assignment to study, write a paper and conduct a staff briefing of Patton’s 3rd army. While at the Fort Lee library I found the history just wish I had know all of this in 1995. My dad was 19 he will be 89 March 13, 2015. Out of 635 bronze star medals he received one. Had he not survived WW-II—well I would not be typing this email. One of his freinds platoon was Devoy Brooks from Nahunta, GA my brother named after him Leland Devoy Bell, Bennie Avera, from South Georgia, Vinson A. Barton, JR. Cartersville, GA, Henry V. Bell, Jesup, GA, Charles E. Brown Rome, GA and Lloyd L. Brown Jr, Ringgold, GA (passed away 2012) I have my dads divsion book “The fifth Infantry Divsion in the ETO — Pass in review.”

  3. Alan
    June 14, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    Hi Joe,

    My great uncle was Curtis Gentry SSG. He was in from 1941 until dying of wounds suffered at Bastogne during the Bulge counter offensive. He had no children and I am the grandson of his sister. I am his only living heir to the best of my knowledge. I intend to honor his service in any way possible. Do you know of him? Can you point me in the direction of any information about his unit?

    AL

    • Kenny
      July 27, 2015 - 11:36 pm

      Al,
      Saw ur post .That’s pretty neat on the history you have. Have you been able to find anything yet ? I’m an ol 5th Infantry Division soldier myself ,but serve with the Division during the 80s. I’m also a member of The Society of the Fifth Division and may be able to help you find what ur looking for . Should be able to help get you pointed in the right direction . Please feel free to contact me any time at rf_junkie@yahoo.com . Anyone else who has question about the 5th Infantry Division please feel free to contact me too. Don’t know it all ,but know where to look and, who to ask. All the best to everyone.
      Take care,
      Kenny
      B-BATTERY 1/55 ADA , 5TH INFANTRY DIVISION (MECH)

      • joedemadio
        August 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

        Thank you very much for your comment Kenny! Thank you for your service 🙂

  4. Virginia
    August 21, 2015 - 4:02 am

    Hi,

    My great Uncle was Lawrence Bernard O’Neill. He was a Private First Class and served in the 10th Infantry 5th Division. He died around December 4th 1944 and is buried in Lorraine, France. I was just wondering if anyone remembered him and if they had any stories they could share of my Uncle. Thank you.

  5. Dolores Wright Beavers
    September 30, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    Hi Joe,
    My father, Dexter Wright, was in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. He was a SSgt at time of discharge. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and many other battles. He was proud that he was a member of Patten’s 3rd Army…but he never like to speak of his time in service. I was wondering if you knew him or if there’s anyone still alive that might have known him. He passed away in 1994. My 2 brothers and I are trying to find out about his time in service. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Dolores Wright Beavers

  6. M. Thomas
    October 8, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    My father was Wm H. Thomas. He was a Sgt., Co M, 10th inf. regiment, 3rd inf. battalion, 5th div. He lived through the bulge. He came home 1945. He never spoke of his service, except to say he was a cook. I found out he led a machine gun group. That was from a newspaper article about him “thumbing his nose” at some Germans wanting him to surrender in Luxembourgh. He didnt…they should have……….. He was proud of Patton. Said he wore white clothes and used skis. Started out in Iceland….

  7. C. Wood
    January 3, 2016 - 1:13 pm

    My great uncle is William Cook Jenkins, 10th Infantry Regiment. He was badly wounded but survived and returned to fight. I’m just beginning this search for information and would appreciate any clues. Thanks, Chris.

  8. Mike Rossi
    May 3, 2016 - 4:45 pm

    Hello, I had an Uncle named Mike Giustino he was KIA in February of 1945. I just wondered if any one had ever heard of him or knew him. Thank you

  9. Sean Lim
    May 30, 2016 - 7:03 pm

    My grandfather was a Chinese national, drafted into the US Army during WWII and served in the 10th at the Ardennes and Rhineland. I just don’t know the specific battalion/ company, etc. Is there a way I can find out this information somehow so I can get a better idea of the specific battles he was involved in? Thank you.

  10. Russell Haughey
    August 24, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    My father, Major Will Haughey, was CO of the 1st BN, and later the 3rd Bn, 10th IR, 5th Division. Great to see your posts. He was there too with all that hell. Russ Haughey

  11. Mike Rogers
    September 21, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    In Memory of LTC Frank V. Langfitt ,Jr. Battalion Commander 1st BN 10th INF Rgt. During WWII. He was 100 years old and was a Silver Star Medal Recipient, I believe for actions at The Battle of the Bulge. His Service is Today at 3:00 PM in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He will be buried at Arlington in Virginia with his men as he wanted. He was an Officer and a Gentleman and a really nice guy.

  12. Jerry morton
    September 27, 2016 - 8:15 am

    My father Cecil C Morton was in 10th inf regiment, company F during Normandy and Battle of the Bulge.
    He had a war buddy last named Elmer witkus who I think was was from Wisconsin. Also a guy they called pollock.
    The 10th inf was the first outfit to cross the Rhine. Sometimes history doesn’t give them credit for it. They paddled across at night.
    I would love more info on his outfit. Anyone can contact me at riverpilot2008@yahoo.com with other websites or personal information.

  13. Leslie Fyans
    December 14, 2016 - 5:51 am

    My father was 1st Lt Leslie Fyans of 3rd Battalion 10 th Regiment in charge of the medical corps during the Bulge after Metz. I have many photos of Michelsoff etc at Christmas My granddaughter ( age 18 )my wife and I visited there on the 70 th Anniversary and the farmer more than willing gave us dirt to take back to my dad and moms graves. She also was a 1st Lt RN

  14. C Steven Rutherford
    December 17, 2016 - 9:42 pm

    I came across some documents from my dad’s experience in the War: Earnest Rutherford, Sergeant, Service Co, 10th Infantry. I never got to know him since I was so little and my folks got divorced. I was just wondering if anyone knew of him or have any suggestions to go for referencing their action in the war? Thanks.

  15. Tom Hollingsworth
    February 10, 2017 - 6:46 pm

    My father Floyd Hollingsworth served in the 10th Infantry, Company B. His time in WWII was something he did not share with his eight children. I have been able to locate his discharge papers and know that his tenure included, Normandy; Northern France where he was wounded and received a purple heart on 8 Oct. 44. Then on to Ardennes; Rhineland: Central Europe; It is very difficult to find information about his company and
    his experiences in WWII. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. God Bless the men and women who served in this war and all wars protecting this great nation.

  16. Michael Welch
    February 14, 2017 - 12:56 am

    My Step Mothers Father PFC Vernon W Lauten was in D Company 10th Infantry Regiment 5th Infantry Division. He fought with them in the Rhineland, Ardennes, and the Central Europe Campaigns. Would like to know more about battles he fought in. He passed away in 1972 so I never got to talk to him about his service. Any help would be appreciated.

  17. Dan Davis
    February 18, 2017 - 5:26 pm

    My grandfather, Pvt William M Griffith, served with M Co 10th Inf from 1940-1945. I have completed some research and received records from the NPRC. He received a CIB on 15 Aug 44, which I have requested a conversion with a BSM IAW regulatory guidance. How can I pinpoint his location when receiving the CIB on 15 Aug 44. His separation docs show he fought in the Northern France Campaign GO 33 WD 45. Thank you for any assistance moving forward.

  18. Howard E Wilford
    March 18, 2017 - 9:39 pm

    My father, Sgt. Clifford Howard Wilford, was at the Battle of the Bulge. He was in HQ company, in charge of maps. He was attached to the 10th Inf Regt, 5th Inf Div. Does anyone have any info about his service. I’m his son, he told me that somewhere in a museum in France, is a picture of him burning maps. Has anyone seen or heard of this picture. My father is still alive and I’d love to get a copy of that picture. He is 93 and in failing health. Thank you.

  19. Howard E Wilford
    March 19, 2017 - 8:29 pm

    I went thru some of my father things today. I found a written history of his military time. would you be interested in a copy. His name is Sgt Clifford H Wilford, 3rd BN, 10th Inf Regt., 5th Inf Div., 3rd Army, 12th Corps. Please send address. Thanks.

  20. Joseph F Goforth, Jr.
    April 29, 2017 - 6:31 pm

    Hi, my father also served during the Battle of the Bulge. Although he may have said the buildup for the B of B. I am sure he was in the Red Diamond 10th infantry Division in Company K. (Ser. No. 34 968 755) He died about 10 years ago and I tried to research but was told his and countless soldiers records were burned in a warehouse fire in the mid-west somewhere.
    He was wounded in France in 1944 but I don’t know when and where. I know he departed Sep 44

  21. Joseph F Goforth, Jr.
    April 29, 2017 - 8:13 pm

    Sorry, my PC locked up mid-blog. He was called Frank Goforth, full name Joseph Franklin Goforth. He departed US in 9/20/44 and arrived in Europe (ETO) 9/26/44 (maybe on Queen Elizabeth). He was in 3 TOAs. Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, thus awarded 3 bronze stars. He was 27 when drafted and served as an “old man” of his unit for 1.5 years. He was a PFC Rifleman and went on patrols to get info on enemy. Was in street fighting and Combat in adverse terrain according to his Army Qualification Separation Record.
    Is there anyway that I can get further information about his service? I am writing a book about growing up during WWII and want to include some accurate data on his service.
    Thanks, Joe

  22. Jan Falvey
    June 6, 2017 - 1:24 pm

    My dad, my hero, was Russell Billian. He served in the 1st Battalion Headquarters, 10th Infantry, 5th Division. My dad was a “runner” (messenger). He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Good Conduct medal. My dad’s buddy during his time with the 10th, was his Sergeant was Paul MacDonald of Ohio. I heard many stories of the war, although I am sure, he left out many of the awful things that he witnessed. My dad died in 2008 at the age of 86. I believe Paul MacDonald died in 1974. I count them all hero’s.

  23. Carrie Gottlieb
    July 2, 2017 - 5:28 pm

    My father Milton Gottlieb was in the signal corps repairing and securing radio equipment. I know he started in Iceland, was in France and Belgium, and was at the Battle of the Bulge. He mentioned little bits of his experience, but not much. He said on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve he was going to see a movie with some buddies but decided not to go at the last minute and the place was blown up. That freaked him out. I also know that he did not like his time in Iceland. I would like to know more. He died 15 years ago.

  24. Joe Heiberger
    September 30, 2017 - 12:08 am

    Hey Joe,
    Have a friend who just turned 95 and was C Company’s CO. His name is Capt. Harold Storey and he is featured in one of Tom Brokaw’s books. He speaks a lot about Diekirch which I believe is to the east/southeast of Bastogne.
    Thanks for the blog!

  25. Javier Carrillo
    November 12, 2017 - 5:25 am

    Hi, Today we remember and thank all our veterans for their sacrifice for all. Thank you for creating this site. We recently found that we have a great uncle Baldermir G. Leaton who was buried in Luxembourg. He was KIA Feb. 8, 1845. He was PFC in 10th infantry 5th division according to burial information. He was awarded a purple heart. We would like to connect with anyone who may have known him or fought alongside him.
    Thank you.

  26. Howard E Wilford
    January 2, 2018 - 6:44 pm

    My family and I are planning a trip to Normandy, Bastonge, Battle of the Bulge in 2019. Can you recommend a good tour that covers the 10th Inf Reg. and the ares that they fought.

  27. Scott Enerson
    February 25, 2018 - 7:03 pm

    Thanks for your page. My Dad, T/SGT Carl A. Enerson, was a Combat Medic with HQ 1/10 IR. He was wounded on Dec 24, 1944 along the Michelshof-Echternach highway by the ever present shelling during battle at the Southern Shoulder against the 212th Volks Grenadiers .

    I have this page bookmarked for future reference. I am in the midst of a project which tells Dad’s story from his enlistment at Camp McCoy, WI to his nearly 3 years of training before deployment all the way to his return to the States on the USS Sea Porpoise. Your site will be a valuable resource.

    Not until I began this project did I realize how near Trier, Germany, this battlefield is. When I was in service and stationed overseas, I was tasked to source suitable locations for conferences and was sent to reconnoiter Trier. Little did I realize that the battlefield on which my father bled, was less than 10 miles away as the crow flies.

  28. Jeff coots
    June 13, 2018 - 7:50 pm

    Thank you for your blog and research. My Grandfather was PFC Castle Coots. He was in the 10th infantry regiment Company C 3rd battalion and he rarely spoke of the war. Any information you may have come across about his service would be greatly appreciated. He passed in 2001. Thanks again

  29. Leonard L Lopez
    September 1, 2018 - 10:19 pm

    My father in law Joseph N. Rasso was 37 years old with four dependents and had not become a US Citizen yet when he was drafted on Dec. 6,1943, he served in Co L 10th Infantry, he got as far as the Rhine River in Germany before being injured. I believe he was aboard the troop transport Ille de France where he saw Bing Crosby perform while all aboard were on their way to Glasgow Scottland, having left New York on Aug. 16, 1944. He earned the Bronze Star for action around Metz, France.

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