|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1951|
During Operation Lumberjack, on March 7, 1945, troops of the U.S. Army's 9th Armored Division reached one of the two damaged but usable bridges over the Rhine (a railway bridge in Wesel in today's North Rhine-Westphalia was the other one), after German defenders failed to demolish it, despite several attempts.
Sgt Drabik receives the DSC Sergeant Alexander A. Drabik of Holland, Ohio was the first American soldier to cross the bridge, thereby becoming the first American soldier to cross the Rhine River into Germany; Lieutenant [Karl Timmermann] was the first officer over the bridge. Both were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their actions. Combat Command B of the 9th Armored was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for capturing the bridge.
Fort Logan National Cemetery
Plot: Section H, Site 195
Created by: S. McCoskey ~ Sleuthhoun...
Record added: Aug 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15512372
Thank you for your service, you were taken so young, rest peacefully with the Lord, LT Timmermann|
Added: Jul. 5, 2017
You are loved and remembered forever, Karl. Live in joy with God .|
Added: Dec. 8, 2016
“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worst.” -Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)|
Added: May. 25, 2015
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