ANTI TANK Company
Hauling brand new 57's behind newly issued trucks, Anti-Tank Company, led by Capt. Richard K. Ewan, set up its first combat CP in Biwer, Luxembourg. where the guns and crews scattered out in support of the Battalions in their positions along the Sauer. But with Jerry across the river the tank hunting wasn't very good. Not that the Company wasn't busy. It was. The Mine platoon under Lt. Young and T/Sgt. Weingartner had plenty of work handling Jerry mines, laying and charting minefields and clearing enemy fields when they became obstacles to the paths of progress. And there was also a trip into Echternach in the days when it was "hot", to make a study of enemy minefield patterns and to reconnoiter gun positions. This was forethought which really paid off later. And there was more evidence of the same when the Company exchanged guns with AT 417th to avoid having to put guns into positions under artillery fire, and with prospects of improving positions never abandoned until the order to move on to new ones. It was here in the Line that the third platoon blasted Hell out of the towns of Minden and Irrel.
Squads of the 1st platoon were formed into bazooka teams and swatted out multi-barreled mortars and other "horrors" of the Line, substantially helping the Doughs all the while. About this time, mine-clearing became a major item, and the Mine Platoon was kept busy morning to night moving directly behind the assault troops. Those who were there will never forget how comforting those little "road and shoulders cleared" signs were.
Beyond the Siegfried, the Company reverted to Div. control, guarding the Div. CP. And when anti-tank protection became unnecessary beyond the Rhine, AT got busy rounding up Krauts, and organizing the thousands of displaced persons into national groups. Alternating between Regimental and Divisional control, the AT men worked hard. In Glauchau they guarded the 76th PW enclosure, working with the IPW Team and the Military Government to aid in the speedy and efficient discharge of high priority prisoners. And this in the days when each hour would see new hundreds added to the PW rosters.
The trucks of the Company never quite stopped running, carrying troops, supplies, PW's and displaced persons. All coordinated by Sgt. Paul Novi. who had previously won a certificate of merit for his handling of convoy movements in France and Belgium.
Other men deserve mention also: T/Sgts. James Tones and George Ciampo who served through a great part of the campaign as Platoon Leaders in the absence of the regularly assigned officers, who were on duty with a higher headquarters. And there was T/Sgt. Lorkowski, with his fighting second platoon to put fear into Heinie hearts.
In Limbach, 1st Lt. Darryl Morrison took over Command of the Company, and the tasks of occupation troops became the order of the day.
Like all other companies, the future of AT lies with the Regiment and Division. But come what may, AT is ready. The boys would sort of like a crack at Jap tanks and pillboxes. You can't keep good men down.
1st Lt. Darrell T. Morrison
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