Lt. Russel W. Cloer in Colmar

The Colmar PocketIt was fought in was fought in the dead of winter, January and February 1945, in about a foot of snow at sub-freezing temperatures, the worst winter in fifty years! The roads were a sheet of ice.

My principal responsibilities during this period were recon patrols and CP defense. Before the battle was over, I would become the sole surviving officer in Headquarters Company! Brown, Petropoulos, and Moeglin had been KIA and Alarie and Keough had both been WIA and evacuated. We had lost five of our six officers in ten days! I was appointed Acting Company Commander.


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