This from the catalog of Battery Books, www.batterybooks.com
THUNDER FROM HEAVEN, STORY OF THE 17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION 1943-1945 by Don R. Pay.179 pages, 22 photos, 1 map, 8" x 10".ISBN: 311-6$39.95
In the chapter "Talon Crosses the Rhine", contains the following regarding the 507th, your uncle's unit:
"The 507th Combat Team, compsed of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, had planned drop zones. The 2nd and 3rd battalions of the 507th landed on the selected DZs.These battalions assembled against sporadic resistance and by 1100 hours the 2nd battalion had taken its objective..
The 1st battalion and planes from the regimental headquarters and headquarters company dropped off the planned DZs.This serial landed in an area near Dirsfordt, northwest of the planned target.It was during the first two hours of combat, following the drop of headquarters that Bob Drell, Yank Correspondent and former member of the 17th, was killed in the vicinity of Diersfordt Castle.Acocompanying a patrol while it engaged an enemy tank, he did with the rest of the patrol when ambushed by German snipers from the rear.
The 3rd battalion was relieved of this objective by the 1st battalion at 1200 hours and then proceeded to its own objective by Diersfordt Castle.By the close of the day all assigned objectives had been takien with some resistance in isolated vicinities.During the day (March 24, 1945) this 507th Combat Team took approximately 1000 prisoners, destroyed at least 5 tanks and captured one armored car, personnel carriers and one volkswagon.In addition to that, the retiment destroyed or captured several batteries of artillery.At the end of the day's action, the 507th Combat Team had suffered by approximately 7.3 percent casualties, a unprecedented small cost for what they had accomplished."
Other chapters cover more of the day's happenings, but do not deal exclusevily with the 507th.
It always bothers me to read of "small costs", as if human lives were mere change to be tendered for the day's transaction. I understand the meaning, but it seems to somehow cheapen the heroism of those who provided the ultimate sacrifice, and insults the mothers and fathers, wives and children left behind, who suffer the pain of that "small cost" for the rest of their lives.