PFC John Wadsworth Gordon

PFC John Wadsworth Gordon

Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Jan 1945 (aged 32)
Reipertswiller, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 56372613 · View Source
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He was killed when five companies of the 45th Division's 157 regiment managed to penetrate German defensive positions and were cut off by the elite 6th SS Mountain Division. After three days with food running low and small arms growing short the remaining soldiers formed a small defensive perimeter, placing the wounded in foxholes so they could be cared for by those still fighting. By the 20th the end was near and with only 125 a able-bodied soldiers left, they attempted to infiltrate out. No one wanted to surrender to the SS after the news of the Malmedy Massacre in the Ardennes had spread. But in the end only two men reached Allied lines. Casualties for the month were 32 KIA, 24WIA, 472 MIA and 70 known prisoners.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56372613
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John Wadsworth Gordon (28 Aug 1912–17 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56372613, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .