On January 20, 2008 I interviewed two men from
Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion in the 502nd
Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne
Division. There names were Reggie Davies and Joseph
They were both very interesting, talking about
their time in Normandy. Mr. Davies was in the
Machinegun Platoon and Mr. Burkhard was part of
the Mortar Platoon. During the conversations
with both men they told very similar stories
about 4 men who were killed in Normandy in Hq Co
2nd Bn around St. Martin de Varreville.
from the Mortar Platoon went missing on 7 June
1944. They were not in combat at that time and
were getting ready to move to a new location.
The 4 men were Staff Sergeant Emile W. Tanguay,
Private First Class Sewell W. Crouch, Private
First Class John F. Reidy and Private Joseph A.
A short time later they were located in a
former Germany dugout. They had been playing
Craps at the time that an 88 shell went right
into the dugout killing all 4 instantly.
Mr. Burkhard said this “we were always told
not to bunch up all through training but we all
grew tired of hearing it. After the 4 bodies
were found together after being hit by an 88
shell we had no trouble following that command”.
Once again I haven’t written about this
incident because even though I had no doubt what
Mr. Burkhard and Mr. Davies had said I always
like to back it up with documentation. I was
looking through Morning Reports last night when
I saw 4 men being killed on 7 June in Hq Co 2nd
Bn. I then looked at the Medical Reports for the
4 men as well and was able to then tell the
story. Attached is the Morning Report and the 4
The rest of the story as Paul Harvey used to
Brian N. Siddall
October 7, 2017