Juvigny-le-Tertre France, August 2nd 1944

On August 2nd 1944 S.Sgt Stolan and his men entered the town of Juvigny-le-Tertre France.
They were driving as leader and they got hit by an Panzerfaust.
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S.Sgt Stolan and his men are members of the  E Company 32nd Armored Regiment 3rd Armored Division.

On July 30th 1944 the 32nd Armored Regiment who was part of Combat Command “A” under command of Brig. General Hickey attached to the 1st Division.
When this attachment became effective, Combat Command “A” had moved south through the still cluttered Roncey area and established a bridgehead across the Seine River.
The next objective for Combat Command “A” was Mortain but first they had to cross the river and that was accomplished just south of Brecey on August 1st.

 Then they where in the enemy’s rear area an were moving fast. It was a job well suited to the employment of armor.
German service troops as well as combat elements were completely surprised, and the tanks had a brief field day.
Somewhere on August the 1st  they drove near Juvigny-le-Tertre France and entered it.
But severe actions occurred in and in the area of Juvigny-le-Tertre France and Refuville where the Germans organised very well.

The following part is made up with several statements of men from E Company 32nd Armored Regiment.

Pfc. Bush was a member of the Stolan crew and he was in one of the two tanks that were preceding the trains. They were cut off from the rest of the column in Juvigny le Tetre, France. Pfc. Bush was the loader of the tank that was under command of S.Sgt Stolan. While S.Sgt Stolan drove up the tank was hit by a German Panzerfaust and caught fire. From the crew 4 man could get out and Pfc. Bush was stuck and burned to death.
Later parts of human flesh was picked up piece by piece of him and it was burned, and because of the fire and the heath we knew he was dead.
The conclusion in the Record of Review and Approval is that it has become a nonrecoverable case, which declares that the remains have to be declared nonrecoverable.

Here is a picture of one of the two Sherman tanks who was knocked out in Juvigny-le-Tertre.

 

 

 


Sources:
Nara
ABMC
After Action Reports
ID’pdf
Spearhead in the West

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