Name Scherrer C Elmer
Rank Technical Sergeant
Serial # 38008512
Company HQ 1st Bn
State, City Colorado, Denver
Date of birth 1916-07-25
Date of death 1944-12-28
Place of death Merville and Tour area, Belgium
Cause of death Killed in Action
Plot,Row,Grave F, 16, 28
Cemetery Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Picture: (c) Gerard Roggen
Elmer who’s complete name is Elmer Charles Scherrer Willie, is the son of Anetta May Scherrer and Jacob G. Scherrer.
Somewhere in the 30’s the family went back to Denver and they lived in the 1851st Franklin Street.
Elmer had in total 10 brothers and sisters and he was the fourth child of his parents.
On October 16th 1940 Elmer Charles Scherrer placed his signature on the registration card that stated that he joined the US Army. It is on the exact day as his friend Willie Elam that he did this and both their mothers where with them.
You can find the date of birth on several websites completely different. But I took the one what is shown on his registration card.
Elmer didn’t enlisted on the same day as Willie but a month later at July 11th 1941.
He received his army training at Vamp Polk Louisiana, before being send overseas.
Camp Polk is the training home of the 3rd Armored Division (Bayou Blitz), commanded by Major General Alton H. Walker, and the Seventh Armored Division, commanded by General Lindsay McD Sylvester.
These two Divisions form the Second Armored Corps, commanded by Major General Alvan C. Gillem Jr. former Commanding General and organizer of the 3rd Armored Division. After finishing the buildings at Camp Polk several units of the 3rd Armored Division came together.
Let us go back to December 28th 1944.
In the after Action Report of that day the following passage has been written:
At 0800 1st Bn 36th AIR was relieved from Amonines and assembled in the vicinity and tour. CCR reorganized as follows:
TF Kane – HQ & Hq C 32nd AR; Co D 32nd AR; Co A 36th AIR; Plat Co A, 32nd AR.
TF Orr – 1st Bn 36th AIR ( Cos A & B not included) Co H 33rd AR; Plat Co C 33rd AR.
TF Mize (in Melreux) Co G 32nd AR; Co B 36th AIR and Plat Co C 33rd AR.
Reserve – Hq & Hq Co 36th AIR; Co C 33rd AR; less two platoons; Co A 32nd AR less two plats, and 3rd Bn less G , H and C Cos.
A force of five medium tanks medium tanks ( total strength of Co G 33rd AR) was sent to division CP. Troughout the day units of CCR were kept on alert for possible employment against enemy brektroughin CCA sector where the enemy was very active and had made some infiltrations. 2nd Bn 36th AIR remained under CCB and conducted patrole beyond our front lines in Soy-Hotton area. 3rd Bn 36th AIR remained under CCA.
So the After Action Report tells us that HQ was in reserve and that was in Wéris Belgium.
But on the 28th TF Orr was relieved from Amonines Belgium after the fight on the 26th with the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment and parts of the 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte”.
Amonines was very important during the last week of December, it was a critical point and the Germans did their best to get it back. Beside the 1st SS Panzer Division and the 2nd Panzer Division the 506th Volkgrenadier Division was in the neighbourhood too. During these days there was a lot of fighting in the area and many men were killed.
The area was under command of Colonel William Orr and his Headquarter was in the Castle of La Blier near Amonines.
On December 28th 1944 T.Sgt Scherrer and Pfc. Elam had to drive up to Amonines and at one point they had to go from the road and then they hit an antitank mine.
This was making them the last two combat victims who were sent here to liberate the region.
Both men where killed and they were buried on the the cemetery at Fosses-la-Ville also known as the “Number One” American military cemetery in Belgium.
Between September 1944 and May 1945 nearly 2300 American soldiers and 1600 German soldiers were buried on this Cemetery.
Both men found their last resting place on the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium.
You can find the grave of T.Sgt Scherrer at Plot F Row 16 Grave 28 Henri Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial.
Gerard Roggen an Belgian historian started with his research and at one point he decided that there had to be a monument for these men.
On September 7th 2002 the monument was erected and it is still there near Amonines Belgium.
Here are some pictures of the monument and the area, made byBob Konings some weeks ago.
(c) Bob Konings www.battle-of-the-bulge.be
The only reason that Pfc. Elam L. Willie and T.Sgt. Scherrer C Elmer was on their way to Amonines was that they had to make contact with TF Orr.
There can’t be another reason because you don’t go out in the middle of the war for a nice ride.
From Wéris to Amonines is it a 13 kilometer drive and that in the middle of the war.
May they rest in peace, they are gone but not forgotten.
We are still searching for more information, like reports and pictures and any help is always welcome.
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© 3d Armored Division Memorial Group (3ADMG)
Aimee Gagnon Fogg
After Action Report 36th AIR
After Action Report 1st SS Panzer Division