From the book
Bastogne: The First Eight Days
(506th Parachute Infantry)
"A was blocked by heavy tank fire immediately and
after a small advance was forced to return to the
village. But on the flanks,
B and C went on until
they reached the lower slopes of the objective
ridges and started to climb. At that moment the
came against them, supported by some infantry. A
few of the paratroopers kept going; their
snow-covered bodies were found on the ridges weeks
greater part of the two companies went to earth and
sought whatever cover was at hand.
Then they continued
to slug it out with their small arms as best
they could. They
could hardly see the enemy at any time. The fog was
closing down again and it was mixed with the smoke
drifting over from the fires of Noville. They held
the ground until dark.7
Colonel LaPrade's men fell
on Noville. The
fighting on the slopes had cost the battalion
heavily but the men thought they had caused equal"
along with Map 9.
There were a total of
16 soldiers Missing In Action for the fight up the
Ridges on December 19, 1944.
8 Company A were
missing with 6 becoming POWs and two wounded in
action. 3 of the 4 Company B soldiers were
killed with one wounded and 2 Company C soldiers
killed and 2 wounded.
The 5 missing Company
C soldier's bodies were located January 16,
1945 after they retook the Ridge they lost back
December 19. If you
look at Map 97 from RWD
you will see they took the Ridges January 16, 1945.
Most of the 5 soldiers
date of death were shown to be correct,
December 19, 1944. Two were not though as all
of the records showed a January date of death.
One of those two was finally corrected for the
burial back in the United States. There is one
though Private Goldbacher to this day that has the
date of death as January 15, 1945 as that is the
date his body was located.
Company B and C soldiers whose bodies were left
where they fell for a month before found;
Company B who attacked Objective B December
Sergeant John R. York
Private Angelo A. Bottacin
Private John W. Johnson
Company C who attacked Objective C December 19, 1944
Private John J. Burke
Private Robert H. Goldbacher
Company B and C soldiers whose were wounded on the
Sergeant Homer E. Nichols
Sergeant Jack W. Dunn
Corporal Henry W. Barrett Jr.
Finally Company A soldiers who attacked Objective A
and became POWs December 19, 1944
Private First Class Curtis P. Smith
Private J. C. Chambless
Private Donald F. Dieball
Private Robert L. Gunners
Private William C. Weber Jr.
Private Paul Wilson
The two Co A men who were wounded December 19, 1944
Private Gentry W. Boothe
Private Rudy Lisjack
The above 16 Soldiers showed up on the respective
Morning Reports as Missing in Action for December
19, 1944. Those men were either killed or
captured that day. On the same Morning Reports
it shows soldiers from Headquarters Company First
Battalion and Companies A, B and C for Soldiers that
were killed or wounded the same day December 19,
1944. Those Soldiers were sent back to
Bastogne as they weren't under Germany control like
the 16 MIAs were.
S.L.A. Marshall, Bastogne: The
First Eight Days, (Center of Military History (First
Published 1946) 2010)
Leonard Rapport and Arthur
Northwood, Jr. Rendezvous With Destiny: A History of
The 101st Airborne Division (Greenville, TX: 101st
Airborne Division Association, 1948), 628.
506th Parachute Infantry Morning Reports
Hospital Admission Card Data
The George E. Koskimaki
Brian N. Siddall
February 27, 2023