Commanded by 1st. Lt. Roy “Buck” Rogers
Of the 407th Infantry Regiment
Early in January of 1945, Colonel James C. Reed, Commanding Officer of the 407th Infantry read an article in the Infantry Journal which offered a solution to a perplexing problem. The article dealt with night patrolling on the Anzio beachhead, executed solely by men who would do nothing else. Based on the idea that such a group would supplement the Battalion patrols, Lt. Roy L. Rogers of anti-tank company and Lt. Earl Aamot of the I & R platoon were designated to organize and lead this patrol in combat. The first roll call was answered in Ubach, Germany by 42 men representing every company in the regiment. The men came as volunteers, with the knowledge that their mission would be reconnaissance and combat patrols behind enemy lines. In order to ensure the success of the Battle Patrol (the title used in the Infantry Journal), the CP was established in a rear area where the men were able to have hot meals, beds and every other convenience denied them on the line. It was felt that the best work could be done by men properly trained, briefed and in top physical and mental condition.
In East Ubach the Battle Patrol underwent intensive training with Lieutenants Aamot and Rogers. Classes in German, stressing important military expressions were held. Weapons of both German and Allied make were fired daily to familiarize every man with their operation. Other subjects taught included demolitions, mines and booby traps, assault boat operations, enemy fortifications, compass and map reading, aerial photos, German organization, equipment and camouflage. Problems and practice patrols were run at night.
At the end of January, the Battle Patrol had completed its training and awaited its first assignment.
Soon, reconnaissance patrols were sent out nightly, in front of Brachelen and all along the Roer River
between Linnich and Rurdorf, gathering information for the impending push across the river.
On one such combat-reconnaissance patrol, Lt. Rogers and two squads led by S/Sgt. Rufus Wilkes and Sgt. Chris Lorenz
penetrated as far back as a German CP in Imbush and in a fire fight killed five Germans.
Returning, the patrol stormed an enemy bunker, killing all of the occupants and capturing two.
These two PWs were the first captured and brought across the Roer by any unit of the Ninth Army.
(The above words are copied verbatim from “A Combat Record of the 407th Infantry Regiment – AUX ARCS”- Published in Coburg, Germany – no date – no press given – no restrictions.)
|1st Lt.||Rogers, Roy||AT||1st Lt.||Aamot, Karl||HQ|
|S/Sgt||Charpentier, Albert||L||S/Sgt||Hood, Enoch||B|
|S/Sgt||Mowrey, Robert||II||S/Sgt||Wilkes, Rufus||I|
|Sgt||Dyke, Richard||G||Sgt||Carter, Frank||AT|
|Sgt||Lorenz, Christopher||I||Sgt||Bartholovich, Frank||A|
|Sgt||McClean, Chester||G||Cpl||Velasquez, Paul||CN|
|Pfc||Bailey, James||B||Pfc||Hunt, Clarence||A|
|Pfc||Burgoon, Clarence||A||Pfc||Dalton, Roy||IF|
|Pfc||Dunn, Harold||A||Pfc||Evangelista, Joe|
|Pfc||Kinney, Albert||A||Pfc||Latter, John||M|
|Pfc||Mattila, Henry||L||Pfc||McDonald, John||L|
|Pfc||McGlone, William||C||Pfc||McGrail, Paul||L|
|Pfc||Mulliken, Charles||L||Pfc||Perry, Allen||E|
|Pfc||Williams, Brooke||CN||Pfc||Bellay, Joe F.||C|
|Pfc||Franson, Don E.||C||Pfc||Rice, Glenn H.||MED|
|Pfc||George, Robert||K||Pfc||Heath, Ben||I|
|Pvt||Barra, Cruz||A||Pvt||Catoe, Marcus||L|
|Pfc||Diamond, Edward||M||Pfc||Drisko, William||K|
|Pvt||Gibson, William||E||Pvt||LeSage, Richard||E|
|Pvt||Topping, John||G||Pvt||Wodianski, Demetri||E|
|Pvt||Fisher, Milton M.||MED||Pvt||Harbarth, Paul L.||MED|
|Pfc||Whittle, James B.||I||Pfc||Christine, Carl||K|
|Pfc||Sasser, Julius||K||Pfc||Morris, Roger E.||F|
|Pfc||Wilber, Willard L.||G||Pfc||Milby, Walton E.||G|
|Pfc||Byrd, Arthur||MED||Pfc||Williams, Fred R.|