*Young, Robert E., Pfc, PH SS R.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. (KIA 1.10.45
What happened was during the Bulge January 10 near the Vielsalm-Laroche Road, we were sort of dug in and two young Germans came near our front and were taken to the Company Command Post. Captain Grantham had been ordered to have the company move out and take the hill in front of us.(Deep snow all around-cold, etc.) The Germans were probably like me, about 19, and when questioned about whether there were any Germans near the hill, one said he didn't know. The other said no there weren't any up there. So Capt Grantham led the reinforced patrol and when we got near the top of the hill machine guns and rifle fire started coming from the top and both sides. My two buddies Dick Owens and Bob Young were killed along with the Captain. The fire was so intense you couldn't get near them. After a few minutes (like days) of this, and the Captain killed, guys started to pull back. When got back down the hill to where the CP was and word spread that the Captain was killed, Young and Owens also, some I don't remember, plus many wounded, so everybody left was stunned, quiet, tears of rage for the loss of the Captain and our buddies (trained together in the states).
Captain Grantham - and I know personally Dick Owens was hit by a machine gun. I saw it and knew he had had it instantly.
Looking at the roster last night saw two other guys listed as KIA Garrett and Rogers. Garrett must have been a replacement who had just come up. Sad because of the Captain, Owens, and Young I never thought about the others. By the way maybe I made up for my reaction because I wrote letters to Owens mother - still remember – Mrs. A.C. Wills, Aurelia, Iowa, and to his brother who lived nearby - wrote back and forth for at least a year. Brother hit hard. Like Mr. and Mrs. Young, who I wrote to, and later visited. I’m still in touch with his sister.