328th Infantry Regiment

328th Minute Maid Guide

BOB 328 newsletter pg 1
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Vol. 1 - 27 January 1945 by courtesy of Frank Wayne Martin and Nancy Martin

1st Lt. Clint C. Acheson

I thought I would send along some recent information about one of the 26ths officers who happens to be my stepfather. On 1 September 2000 1st Lt. Clinton C. Acheson received the Bronze Star for his combat service in the 26th Division. He was promoted to Captain in 1945. 1st Lt. Acheson was Company B Commander, 1st Battalion, 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas presented the medal. If any of Clint's W.W.II buddies are wishing to contact him they can through this email address (which is in my wife's name)

Sincerely, Daniel G. Acheson-Brown, Professor of Political Science
E-Mail: elizabethself@pdrpip.com

328th Regt Broke Thru Moncourt

As a fighting member of the Yankee Division, the traditions of the 328th Regiment are only one war old but its achievements assure it equal status as a member of the team.

From its entry into combat close to the spot the regiment first saw action in World War I, 27 years before almost the day, to V-E Day in Czechoslovakia, the 328th carried its weight.

It landed on Utah Beach Sept. 7, bivouacked a few weeks in Normandy and then lent a thousand men to the Red Ball Express for a few weeks to whip supplies up to the fighting front.

Then, on Oct. 3, the 328th went to the front near Pont a Mousson, to the same sector that Sergeant York, World War I hero of the regiment, performed the deeds that earned him a Congressional Medal.

After a relatively quiet few weeks, the regiment moved into Moncourt Woods. Heavy casualties resulted as the Third, and later the Second Battalions cleared the woods and the town.

Then came the Saar offensive and the 328th swept across Lorraine, through the Maginot Line and into Germany. Then it went to Metz for a rest.

But von Rundstedt's breakthrough in Luxembourg cut the vacation short and Task Force Hamilton set out to help stop him. Through bitter weather the force went on night and day trying to find the Hun. He turned up Christmas, across the Sure River. And then came Nothum Woods and Mon Schumann Crossroads.

The battle at this little hamlet surpassed Moncourt Woods. Companies became platoon-sized overnight as men were cut down by enemy self-propelled guns and SS fanatics. The Medics set up a clearing station in a building under direct observation and fire and succeeded in saving many lives despite the bursting shells.

The Bulge was erased when Clervaux was passed and the regiment moved down to help hold the Saarlautern Bridgehead.

In March the 328th moved up to the Serrig-Merzig sector for the big push. The push went down along the Saar River, then east to Neustadt. The Rhine was crossed near Mainz. After a bridgehead across the Main River was seized, the regiment took Hanau in a night attack and then moved on towards Fulda - moving fast.

The Doughs hiked through Thuringia to Hof and to the Czech border at Schwarzenbach, then headed south to the Danube and on past Straubing, Deggendorf and Passau to Linz, Austria. From there the regiment headed north into Czechoslovakia. And there the war ended.

Over the hundreds of miles it hiked and fought through mud, rain, snow and cold, the regiment received its share of honors.

The Congressional Medal of Honor, only one received in the Division in World War II, went, posthumously, to T/5 Alfred L. Wilson, a medic. Ten men received the Distinguished Service Cross, 199 the Silver Star and Cluster, 1,092 the Bronze Star Medal and Cluster and smaller numbers other awards for a total of 1,311 awards during the war.

excerpt from "Grapevine" Vol. II / No.35 - October 21, 1945