The 359th was attached to the 90th Infantry Division.However, the 359th was temporarily assigned to the 4th Infantry Division to bolster that Division's participation on the assault on Juno Beach on D-day.Later on 10 June 44 it regrouped with the 90th near the Golleville-Urville area. In very heavy rain, the 359th fought the battle of La Haye-du-Puits-Mont Castre Forest .After heavy casualties, the 359th moved on to the Ays River and was forced to retreat from it's positions near St. Germain-sur-Seves.This regrouping lasted until 22 July.After regrouping, the 359th established a bridgehead on the Seves River and proceeded to Mayenne.The regiment was relieved on the 6th of August following another round of heavy losses. Once reinforced, the 359th and the rest of the division,attacked and fought the battles for the Falaise-Argentan gap which was finally taken bu Aug 19,1944.On August 22, the entire Division was withdrawn again for rehabilitation due to heavy casualties.By the 27th of August, the 359th attacked behind 7th Armored Division and crossed the Meuse River near Etain. By the 6th of September, the 359th and the 90th defeated a major German armoured offensive between Landres and Mairy and cleared the area of Germans to Thionville west of the Moselle River.Then began the battles for the Metz fortifications, the Gravelot-St Hubert Farm Road battle, the Battle of the Slag Pile, house to house fighting in Mazieres-les Metz, and the taking of the well defended Hotel de Ville.On the day cited for the death of your soldier, the 359th was assualtingalong the Moselle River near Malling and Cattenom.
If your relative lasted this far in the war, he was a well seasoned veteran who unlike the majority of his unit, survived from D-Day.The losses/casualties of the 90th Infantry Division during the entire campaign were said to be 200 percent.In other words, due to losses, the Division replaced it's manpower twice over.See "World War II Order Of Battle"a book by Capt. Shelby L. Stanton., 1984, Gallahad Books.Also if you can, make the trip to Juno beach in France and walk from the beach-head through to St Mer Elisse and follow the route of the 90th Division from the memorial on.It willl send shivers up your spine even more than the D-Day assault films taken for "Saving Provate Ryan".