Stavelot – Malmedy, Cap Charles Mitchell, CO, A Co/526-AIB

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A Co., 526th Armored Infantry Battalion arrived in Stavelot, Belgium, at 0400 in the morning of December 18 1944. I then picked up Major Paul Solis and Lt John Pehovic from Battalion HQs. A Co and one platoon of the 825th Tank Destroyer stayed parked on the road in the outskirts of Stavelot. Solis, Pehovic and myself went into the town to get the situation from the Engineer Company that was in the town at this time.


Situation December 1944

On Dec 16 1944, Col H. Wallis Anderson’s 1111th Engineer Combat Group (51-ECB, 202-ECB, 291-ECB 296-ECB) occupied positions directly in the path of Manteufell’s 5. Panzer Army and Dietrich’s 6. SS Panzer Army axis of advance. Group HQs (1111-ECG) was located at Trois-Ponts (B), approximately 25 miles (40 KM) behind the front lines. Lt Col David E. Pergrin’s 291st Engineer Combat Battalion HQs was within a few miles of Group HQs (1111-ECG) at Basse-Bodeux (B), battalion’s companies being located as follow : A/291 at Werbomont (B), C/291 at Chateau de Froidcourt (Stoumont), and B/291 at Malmedy (B). Lt Col Harvey R. Fraser’s 51st Engineer Combat Battalion was purposely cut in 2 groups, the 1st under Fraser located in the Barvaux – Hotton – Rochefort (B) sector, the 2nd, under Fraser’s Executive Officer, Maj Robert B. Yates, located over 20 miles (35 KM) to the southwest, at Marche (B).

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A-10 Warthog Tank Burster – The Best – The Only One


Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

Criticism that the USAF did not take CAS (Close Air Support) seriously prompted a few service members to seek a specialized attack aircraft. During the Vietnam War, large numbers of ground-attack aircraft were shot down by small arms, surface-to-air missiles, and low-level anti-aircraft gunfire, prompting the development of an aircraft better able to survive such weapons. In addition, the UH-1 Iroquois and AH-1 Cobra helicopters of the day, which USAF commanders had said should handle close air support, were ill-suited for use against armor, carrying only anti-personnel machine guns and unguided rockets meant for soft targets. Fast jets such as the F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II proved for the most part to be ineffective for close air support because their high speed did not allow pilots enough time to get an accurate fix on ground targets and they lacked sufficient loiter time. The effective, but aging, Korean War era A-1 Skyraider was the USAF’s primary close air support aircraft.

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Henri-Chapelle, American Military Cemetery & Memorial (1984)


Text into FrenchHenri-Chapelle, 4580, Belgium – Monsieur Günter Gillot, Tigelot 27A, 4804 Jalhay (Belgium)
15 février 1984

Nous avons pris bonne note de votre demande du 11 février 1984 et nous vous en remercions. Nous vous proposons de parrainer le tombe du Robert J. Stewart, capt, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Armored Division, New Jersey, 01010394, décédé le 20 décembre 1944, enterré dans notre cimmetière, Plot D, rangée 15, tombe 26. Dès à présent, vous pouvez donc venir rendre hommage à ce soldat américain. Nous nous tenons à votre entière disposition.
Patrick M. Hubay – Superintendent.

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