Moore Group
Moore Group

A pretty historic Bronze Star Medal. The 99th Infantry Division along with the 28th and 106th Infantry Division took the brunt of the initial German assault during the opening phase of the Battle of the Bulge. Moore was captured on December 17, 1944 the 2nd day of the assault and was held at Stalag 4B, Muhlberg, Sachsen 51-13.  

Hasselpath

Hasselpath Battlesite
Hasselpath Battlesite

In late 1944, the frontline in the Ardennes became very quiet and static. The 99th US Infantry Division, about, nicknamed „the battle-babies“, spread across a line between Lanzerath and Monschau. They suffered from poor weather condition and it was very cold. This particular position was manned by outfits of the 395th Regimental Combat Team of the 99th Infantry Division. The command post was in a hunters lodge named „Sam Suphy“.
On 13 December 1944, they crossed Hasselpath (hill 621 and 627) and Wahlerscheid (the "Heartbreak" crossroad), to attack the Roer dams.

16 December 1944, the Battle of the Bulge was launched. The area between Losheim and Hasselpath was the main target of German forces trying to reach the roads leading to Elsenborn and Liège. The fierce fithing caused many casualties on both sides, but Krinkelt/Rocherath was held until all US units from Hasselpath and Wahlerscheid had withdrawn to the Elsenborn Ridge, where a new defensive front line was established.

As a result, the Germans occupied the Rocherath forest and this particular area became the position of the 1st Battalion, 989th Regiment of the 277th Volksgrenadier Division. From here, many attacks towards the Elsenborn ridge were launched, to not avail. Numerous wounded German soldiers and wounded American prisoners as well, visited this first-aid station, before being evacuated to Kloster Steinfeld. Many of them died here as well, confirmed by the many graves found around the hunters lodge.

The photo in the middle shows the former US aid station (re-bulit). It is possible that Moore became a P.O.W right here.
The photo in the middle shows the former US aid station (re-bulit). It is possible that Moore became a P.O.W right here.