Here is where a lot of men died and were wounded. This is where Major Knight was killed by shell fire. "The hottest bridge ever built!"
River: Blies River
Location: Frauenberg, 3 miles
   from Sarreghimes, France.
Date: 15 Dec 1944  0815 Hours
Length: 100' D/D Bailey Bridge

Bridge head consisted of 3
houses on far side.

bridge pictures
River: Blies River
Location: Frauenberg, France
Date: 15 Dec 44 0815 Hours
Length: 100' DD Bailey
bridge pics

 
HEADQUARTERS 134TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
APO 35         U.S. ARMY
19 December 1944
SUBJECT: Commendation.

TO : Commanding Officer, 1135th Engineer Group, APO 403, US ARMY. (Through Commanding General, 35th Inf Div.)

    1. On the night of 14-15 Dec. 1944 COMPANY C, 150th Engineer Bn, was given the mission of Constructing a Bailey Bridge across the Blies River from Frauenberg, France to Habenkirchen, Germany. Construction of the bridge was started at 1800 on December 14th and was completed by 0900 on December 15th.

    2. The action of 1st Lt. Wendell F. Helstrom, 01113740, Commanding Officer, Company C, 150th Engr. Bn, and the officers and men of his company was highly commendable. Although the bridge site was subjected to enemy artillery and mortar fire during the entire operation, the officers and men of Company C continued construction without interruption and succeeded in completing the bridge by 0900 on 15 December 1944 enabling the Infantry to cross tanks and tank destroyers and continue the advance against the enemy.

    3. The superior performance of the officers and men of this unit reflects great credit on their training and their ability as Combat Engineers as demonstrated in this operation is outstanding.

/s/ Butler B. Miltonberger
/t/ Butler B. Miltonberger
Colonel, 134th Infantry
Commanding

AG 201.22                                     1st Ind                 PWB/w

HQ 35TH INF DIV, APO 35, U. S. Army,       21 December 1944

TO: Commanding Officer, 1135th Engr. Gp, APO 403, U.S. Army. (Thru: CG, X II Corps)

    It is a pleasure that I forward this recognition of the outstanding service of 1st Lt. Helstrom and his command, and add my commendation for a difficult job well done.

/s/ Paul W. Baade
/t/ PAUL W .BAADE
Major General, U.S.A.
Commanding

AG 201.22 - (G-1)                     2nd Ind.
     (19 Dec 44)
HEADQUARTERS XII CORPS, APO 312, U.S. Army, 29 Dec. 44

TO: Commanding Officer, 1135th Engr. Gp, APO 403, U.S. Army.

It is a pleasure for me to forward the above letter and to add my commendation. Lt. Helstrom and his command can take pride in their execution of a difficult assignment.

/s/ M. S. Eddy
/s/ M. S. Eddy
Major General,
U.S. Army Commanding

AG 210.22                     3rd Ind.
HEADQUARTERS, 1135TH ENGINEER COMBAT GROUP,
APO 403,
U. S. Army,    30 December 1944

TO: Commanding Officer, 150th Engineer Combat Battalion, APO 403, U.S. Army.

    It is a pleasure to forward the attached commendation. The actions of 1st Lt. Helstrom and his command on this occasion were in accordance with the highest traditions of this group and the Corps of Engineers.

/s/ Charles Keller, Jr.
/t/ Charles Keller, Jr.
Colonel CE
1135th Engr C GP.

AG 210.22                                                     4th Ind
HEADQUARTERS 150TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION, APO 403, U.S. Army.
31 December 44.

TO: 1st Lt. Wendell F. Helstrom, Commanding Company "C", 150th Engr [C] BN.

The attached commendations are forwarded with pride and it gives me pleasure to again say, "Well Done "C" Company".

BRUCE W. REAGAN
Lt. Col., CE
Commanding

 
Headquarters 134th Infantry Regiment
APO 35                     U S Army
19 Dec 44
SUBJECT: Commendation.

To : Commanding Officer, 1135th Engineer Group, APO 403, U.S. Army. (Through Commanding General, 35th Inf Div)

    1. It is the desire of the undersigned to offer his commendation for the action of Lt. Col. Bruce W. Reagan, 0387348, Commanding Officer, 150th Engineer Battalion, while his unit was engaged in supporting the 134th Combat Team.

    2. On the night of 14-15 Dec. 44 the 150th Engineer Battalion was given the assignment of constructing a Bailey Bridge across the Blies River between Frauenberg, France and Habenkirchen, Germany. The Infantry front lines at this time were less than 500 yards to the North and the area was under intense enemy artillery and mortar fire.

    3. Throughout the entire operation Colonel Reagan was present at the bridging site and by word and action inspired the men of the unit to such extent that the bridge was ready for operation by 0900 on December 15th enabling the infantry to cross tanks and tank destroyers needed to reinforce the bridgehead and continue the advance.

    4. The leadership and devotion to duty of Colonel Reagan as evidenced in this operation is worthy of emulation by all commanders of combat units.

/s/ Butler B. Miltonberger
/t/ Butler B. Miltonberger
Colonel, 134th Infantry
Commanding

AG 201.22                                     1st Ind                                             PWB/w

HQ 35TH INF DIV, APO 35, U. S. Army,       21 December 1944

TO: Commanding Officer, 1135th Engr. Gp, APO 403, U.S. Army. (Thru: CG, XII Corps)

    It is a pleasure that I forward this recognition of the outstanding service of Lt. Col. Reagan and his command, and add my commendation for a difficult job well done.

/s/ Paul W. Baade
/t/ PAUL W .BAADE
Major General, U.S.A.
Commanding

AG 201.22 - (G-1)                     2nd Ind.
     (19 Dec 44)
HEADQUARTERS XII CORPS, APO 312, U.S. Army, 29 Dec. 44

TO: Commanding Officer, 1135th Engr. Gp, APO 403, U.S. Army.

It is a pleasure for me to add my own commendation for  Lt. Colonel Reagan's superior performance.

/s/ M. S. Eddy
/s/ M. S. EDDY
Major General, U.S. Army
Commanding

AG 210.22                     3rd Ind.
HEADQUARTERS, 1135TH ENGINEER COMBAT GROUP,
APO 403, U. S. Army,    30 December 1944

TO: Lt. Colonel Bruce W. Reagan, 0387348, 150th Engineer Combat Battalion, APO 403, U.S. Army.

    It is a pleasure to forward the attached commendation. Your actions on this occasion were in accordance with the highest traditions of this group and the Corps of Engineers.

Charles Keller, Jr.
Colonel,  CE
1135th Engr C GP.

Email: Click here for email
Back ButtonBack to River Crossing page