2 March 1945
2nd platoon of C-Company was ambushed
near Kapellen/Hemmerden, Germany.
Losing most of their equipment and 38 men
killed, wounded or missing. John was killed in Action.
Soldiers of C-Comp 643rd TD BN took shelter in the
factory to the left of the burning vehicles in the picture. There
were also German civilians and
soldiers in the basement of
the factory. The C-Company medics had some medical supplies
that they shared with the Germans and our men were sure the
would have killed them if they hadn't shared the
medicine with the Germans. There was a very near neighboring
village called Hemmerden and the Battalion
history says the
action took place at kapellen.