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Warner, William A.

                    Lieutenant WIlliam Warner entered the service from Huntsville, Alabama and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion,  28th Infantry Regiment of the 8th Infantry Division. The battalion arrived in Belfast, Ireland in early 1943 and trained for the invasion of Europe. The 28th Infantry convoyed to Utah Beach via troop ships and motor transports on July 1 and fought through France to the German-Luxembourg border. On the night of November 18th, the Third Battalion of the 28 Infantry took up position outside the town of Hurtgen. The terrain west of Hurtgen was heavily wooded, boggy and irregular, with numerous gullies and steep cliffs. German engineers had expertly laid an anti-personnel mine field across the entire front of the zone of advance. Heavy wire entanglements blocked possible routes of approach. Enemy automatic weapons were well situated to cover all obstacles. Mortars and artillery batteries were zeroed in upon habitable assembly areas and all possible points of preparation. Enemy combat teams, all seasoned units reinforced with stragglers, were committed to the enemy defense of Hurtgen. The is was the beginning of a two and half month period of the hardest fighting that the regiment was to experience. The Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. On November 28th the 3rd Battalion, which had been occupying the line in Vossenack, was ordered to take over from the 1st Battalion and at 2035 hours the exchange was complete. Late in the afternoon of 30 November, orders were received to attack and secure the high ground just west of Brandenburg. The 121st Infantry was to attack and secure the road leading into Brandenburg. The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 28th were to attack in a southeasterly direction. Combat Command R of the 5th Armored Division was to attack and secure Brandenburg. The time for the coordinated attack was set for 0630, 1 December 1944 and the attack jumped off on time. The Battalion advanced steadily in spite of the withering machine gun fire and heavy artillery. At noon the Battalion was in the draw just west of the objective. Small arms fire was more intense and mortar and artillery fire was increasing. It was during this battle that 1LT William Warner, while under intense enemy fire, heroically rallyed his men and reorganized to push forward. While moving amongst his men, 1LT William Warner was killed by enemy fire. LT Warner was posthumously awarded the nation's third highest valor award, the Silver Star, for gallantry in action, and the Purple Heart for the wounds that resulted in his death.

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