In the morning of the 24th of September 1944 at appr.10.00AM Pvt.Roy Dale Kirkpatrick was send out with
a reconnaissance platoon.
Their task was to map new enemy positions as they where
retreating
the day before.
When patrolling in the Sand Dunes near Eerde Pvt. Roy Dale Kirkpartick came under German machinegun fire.
He died instantly due two shots true his heart.

 

His last letter to his wife was on September 1st, writing he had trench mouth and ulcers.
This did not keep him from jumping on September 17th, where he jumped with Kinnards 1st Battalion near the castle at Heeswijk Dinther.
Because their pathfinders were shot down on their way over, Kinnard’s battalion was dropped on the wrong dropzone.
In spite of this, they landed close together and assembled quickly. There were about a dozen jump injuries, and it was decided a small group would stay behind with these men and to collect all the bundles with supplies.
The rest of the battalion would start with their mission of capturing two bridges across the canal near Veghel.
Burd stayed behind at the castle, and in a skirmish with an overwhelming German force he was shot.
A year later his helmet, with a bullithole in the back, was found, and ended up in the museum at Fort Campbell .

 

Cpl. Carman S. Ladner is listed as Missing in Action (MIA) on the 24th of September 1944.
In and around the village Eerde there where fierce fighting’s going on to keep Hell’s Higway open for advancing allied troops.
At one moment Cpl. Carman S. Ladner was standing on top of a huge ammunition truck, busy with passing ammunition down.
The truck was fully exposed when the vehicle was hit by a shell from a German tank on the opposite site of the railroad track, causing the ammunition to explode.
Carman’s dead was instant, no remains where found.
His former fiancé, Elaine Smith, was heavily involved in
the remembrance of Ladner.
Elaine sadly died on August 12 2011!

We will miss her wisdom, her stories, and her warm smile, but she will live in our hearts forever.




From official after action reports:

On the 4th of October 1944, 501PIR moves from Veghel area to Arnhem area to take over British positions.
A-501 is reported in position at 0800 on the 5th of October in the area between Driel and railroad along the Nederrijn river.
During the day A-501 is under small arms and mortar fire and assisting C-501 to counter attack enemy troops coming from railroad direction.
At 1310 enemy starts crossing the river under white smoke and breaks through A and C Co. By 1900 enemy is pushed back and has lost all gained terrain.
The exact whereabouts of Cpl.Hetrick on the 5th are not known at this moment.