|My first cousin 2x removed|
Birth Date: 28 Jun 1913
Death Date: 10 Jan 1945
TEC5 Hurst Lewallen Killed In Action, During WW II, While Fighting In Europe. He fell on the field of Battle while Fighting for Freedom. WITH THE 329TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
83RD INFANTRY DIVISION. HE WAS KILLED ON 01-10-1945 NEAR PETITE LANGELIER, BELGIUM. BATTLE OF THE BULGE
His enlistment records show he signed up May 21, 1941, at the age of 27. He was a Semiskilled miner, single with no dependents. Height: 68 - Weight: 173. He enlisted.
By the autumn of 1944, the Nazis were facing intense pressure from both the east (the Soviets) and the West (primarily the Americans and British). It was clear they could not fight off both foes simultaneously, so Hitler played his last card: He pulled troops off the eastern front in a desperate last attempt to get some relief in the west. His goal was to hit the western Allies with a huge unexpected counterattack that would push them off the European continent, free up all his forces to fight the Soviets in the east, and hopefully reach a negotiated peace with Britain and the United States.
Though the attempt ultimately failed, it caught the Western Allies by surprise, because prevailing wisdom at the time was that Hitler was incapable of launching a counterattack. The Nazis were running low on gasoline and the counteroffensive depended upon capturing it from the Allies, but the Allies burned much of its stockpile rather than let it fall into Nazi hands.
Ultimately the Battle of the Bulge probably shortened the war because the forces sent to the west were mostly wiped out, which left Hitler even less able to deal with the Soviet juggernaut to the east.
.General George Patton reviewed the 329th and concluded: "That’s the finest body of soldiers I have ever seen in the field." The 329th Infantry Regiment was the closest US unit to Berlin at the end of World War II, being ordered to stop some 30 miles short of the city.
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