"At the battle for Bliesbruck, I had one of my best days as an officer. There was no running and we accomplished a mission where the 1st and 2nd platoons had failed. One big difference was we had some help that they didn't have.
"Bliesbruck was a village on the Blies River. While our regiments and battalions were leapfrogging forward, a company of SS troops hid in the hills near Bliesbruck and when our "front line" passed them, they moved the citizens out of Bliesbruck and they moved in. We were told that their company commander had said they would not surrender, that they would fight to the last man. They knew their cause was lost; their only purpose for continuing to fight was to kill as many Americans as possible.
"Our company was dispatched to Bliesbruck to run the SS troops out of town."