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THE JEWISH MONITOR
Friday, June 13. 1919.
"THE LOST BATTALION."
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will, believing that he is doing wrong
to his country, to carry forward this
present letter to the officer in charge
of the battalion of ithe 77th Division,
with the purpose to recommend this
commander to surrender with his
forces, as it would be quite useless to
resist any more, in view of the pres
ent conditions. '
"The suffering of your wounded
men can be heard over here in the
German lines, and we are appealing
to your humane sentiments to atop. A
white flag shown by one of your men
will tell us that you agree with these
conditions. Please treat Private
as an honorable man. He is quite a
soldier. We envy you.
THE GERMAN COMMANDING OP
Major WhitUessey read the note and
passed it over to Captain McMurtry.
He read it and handed it to Captain
Holderman. The three officers looked
at one another and a grim smile
wrinkled their features. "We are ap
pealing to your humane sentimeip
to stop." This, after six days of the
most inhuman warfare conceivable
hurled at them by Ithe Boche in at
tempts to annihilate, that had failed.
It was almost funny.
The fact of the receipt of the note
soon spread over the hill. Men too
weak to stand on their feet raised
Ithemselves up on their elbows and
cried: "You Dutch a, come
over and get us." That was the only
Another answer was on its way to
the Boche. That very evening the
crackle of musketry and the rat-tat-tat
of Chauchats and Hotchkiss guns fell
on the ears of the beleaguered men,
coming from Itlhe rear and right flank.
Beyond the fraction of a doubt, it
was the long-hoped for, despaired of
relief. It was brother Americans of
the 77th Division furiously fighting
their way through. Sheer exhaustion
forced the tears from the eyes of men
to whom the Jiope of life was return
ing. The Boche, however, was not
quite Ithrough. In one last desperate
effort to impress his "humane senti
ments" on the survivors in "The Pock
et," he descended with all his forces
on the right flank. For this attack, he
had reserved his liquid fire, and
scorching flames shot into our ranks.
But our men were revived. They
sprang into the fight to the tune of
every choice oath in the English Ian
guage. Our one remaining machine
gun at last was firing at a target point
blank. In word and deed, the Huns got
hell, and back they crumbled never to
come on again.
As the Germans dwindled away
through the trees into the night, the
men of the 307th came up on the right,
with food and ammunition in abund
ance. A half hour later, patrols of the
306th were reported coming in from
the south. . The relief was complete.
The fight of tte "Lost Battalion"--the
battalion that was never "lost" was
over. On the morning of the 8th, the
252 survivors of the 679 that had en
tered "The Pocket", with their sick
and wounded, marched south through
the deep ravine to rest.
Their hill side is now quiet. The
dead lie sleeping in a little enclosure
near the western border of the valley
The crash of minenwerfers and the
whine of the bullets is stilled. But if
the Ifcrees on the torn slope of France
could ever break the silence, they
would say "By these splintered wounds
you see upon us, we will live to mark
the valor of the Americans."
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