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2Lt Meyer M Satzow

2Lt Meyer M Satzow

Birth
Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 13 Nov 1944 (aged 21–22)
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 2 Grave 62
Memorial ID 56375338 · View Source
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Meyer served as a Second Lieutenant & Platoon Leader, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Sullivan County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

Meyer was "Killed In Action" in France during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-528483

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Below mission info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson


November 13, 1944 — D-Day. The 17 battalions of artillery along the division front had been pounding the Germans all night. The Germans pounded right back. The time was 0655, H-Hour minus five minutes. The men of the second and third platoons of Company L nervously fingered their weapons. They were weighted down by the extra ammunition that had been given them. To the left was Company I, preparing to advance with Company L. To the immediate rear were K and M Companies in direct support while to the far rear was D, preparing to give long range support to the attacking companies drive from the Embermenil defense line to the Sarrebourg objective with their heavy machine guns. Lt. Erick M. Erickson, platoon leader, had just finished a final briefing to his men when an enemy artillery shell hit causing seven casualties. Up ahead with Company L, Captain Anthony Pico, Lieutenant Meyer Satzow, T/Sgt Harold Loder, and T/Sgt Ike Edwards anxiously looked at their watches. Thirty seconds — Fifteen seconds — 0700. H-Hour. The men clambered up and out of their foxholes and started forward into the snow and the fog. The third platoon was on the left, the second on the right. About 250 yards from the line of departure, they were halted and took cover. Where were the machine guns? To the rear Company D gunners stood helplessly by their guns and peered hopelessly in to the mixture of snow and fog ahead. They could not see ahead. They could not fire. Visibility was so poor that they could hardly make out objects 100 yards away. To fire would be risking the lives of their own men. So Company L moved ahead without the assistance of the masking fire of Company O's guns, while Company I remained pinned down in the positions where they had halted. Snipers and pill-boxes were holding up their advance. Company L moved to about 2000 yards from the line of departure where they were stopped cold. Before them lay a hedgerow shaped like an upside down L. From somewhere in its depths came the staccato fire of four machine guns in addition to sniper fire. And the pillboxes that were beyond that kept spouting lead too. The third platoon, moving parallel to the hedgerow, were able to flush the Jerries out of some trenches and take over. The second platoon, moving ahead on the right, had only on open field between them and the Germans. There were 30 casualties in 15 minutes. Two platoon leaders [including 2nd Lt Satzow] were killed instantly. The men either hugged the ground or were shot, their blood spilling over the white snow. Company L was now out on a point. No Medics could reach them. No men could be evacuated. Some of them lay out in the cold, moaning for three days. To the living it seemed hard to believe. Hearing the moans in the winter wind, when only a few months ago they had laughed and talked with those men under a sunny American sky.”

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56375338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Meyer M Satzow (1922–13 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56375338, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .