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Pvt Walter Dikoon

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Pvt Walter Dikoon

Birth
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 17 Sep 1944 (aged 20)
Nijmegen, Nijmegen Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot F-4-10
Memorial ID 56298207 View Source

The vanguard at this time was again formed by Lt John Foley's platoon, including Jim Blue. During a post-war reconstruction of Jim Blue he reconstructed the action and when he walked the same route again in the evening, realistically telling the following story: The Dutch guide who had driven ahead shouted from St. Annastraat: "Germans!". This resulted in a firefight and bullets flew around our ears. At that moment I was squatting on the corner of Sloetstraat (behind theater De Vereeniging) and felt a clammy fence. We never saw the brave Dutch guide again.

Our scout Walter Dikoon volunteered to silence that bitch (machine gun nest) if we got him a BAR. Captain Adams was pissed that there was a long debate to give Dikoon a BAR and decided to give him one. Dikoon crept forward with the BAR and disappeared into the darkness. The exciting silence that followed was torn apart by the dry roll of a BAR followed by a shouting: "I've got it! I've got it!" This was the last we heard from Dikoon, because at that moment a second Spandau opened fire and killed Walter. Then we went with the whole platoon against it and shot us over the intersection and the rest of the company followed."

He was first buried at the Temporary American Military Cemetery of Molenhoek, near Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

(Source: "Als sterren van de hemel" by Norbert A. de Groot)

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  • Maintained by: Jimbo6256
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56298207
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56298207/walter-dikoon : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Walter Dikoon (24 May 1924–17 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56298207, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Jimbo6256 (contributor 49091897) .