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29TH DIVISION - WWII DOCUMENTS
116th Reg., 3rd Bn., I Co. - Group Critique Notes - June 1944

Page 1

Altho the men arrived at the top of the hill by the same path they seemed to split largely into two groups. No one seems to be able to explain just how this came about. Captain Mifflin D. Clowe had a small group and the other group had all of the other company officers in it. No one assumed command and the group as just small "bunches" of men. Each officer controlled a few men who either were in his boat section or platoon.

This larger group of men were pinned down by machine gun fire just beyond the crest of the hill. Pfc Boyd set up his machine gun in a position where he had to expose himself but could get a good field of fire. He found the enemy guns which were holding up the advance and killed between fifteen and twenty Germans. As the group advanced forward and completed the cleaning up job of this position many dead were seen. Six enlisted men and one German officer were captured.

After this action the group then moved forward and were again fired on. About a hundred of the men withdrew and dug in on the hill where they had their first fight. Another portion of the men, about forty men under Lieutenant Harry C. Parham continued to advance despite this fire. They had with them one machine gun, one mortar squad and seventeen riflemen. In addition there were two other officers from I Company and an officer from another company. During the fire when the large group made this further split, the machine gunner, Boyd, was killed while going action. This group moved forward about a mile, almost to the designated battalion assembly area, and could not rejoin their company until D+2.

The group under Captain Clowe did not come forward and join the majority of his company until about 1700. A check of the men was made but the company could not move forward. Snipers and machine gun fire immediately opened on anyone who tried to advance. The battalion commander and his executive were in this area and the battalion spent the night here.