29th Infantry Division 116th Regiment, C-Company
29th Infantry Division 116th Regiment, C-Company

The Real C Company

The only image we found of C Company at the National Archives in Baltimore during our visit in 2019. The image was a photocopy and looks to have been taken somewhere in the US pre 1943 as the uniforms they are wearing are what they were issued as National

We are still researching and peicing together the full history of C Company on D-Day as many records are lost or no longer exist. A lot of research involves cross referencing other documents along with the extreamly valuable morning reports available from the National Archive Baltimore. 

 

Below is what we have found to be the chain of command on D-Day for C Company:

Chain of command:

 

 

 

 

Hawks

Berthier

B

415402

Capt

Bedell

Robert

J

1291938

1st Lt

Dallas

Thomas

R

1290723

1st Lt

Blankenbaker

Albert

S

0467839

2nd Lt

Kimbrough

Orman, Jr

L

01299754

2nd Lt

Park

Francis

G

0442869

2nd Lt

Schwartz

Stanley

H

01298447

2nd Lt

Ward

Theron,Jr

 

0483739

2nd Lt

McClure

Alfred

B

33043459

1st Sgt

Hering

Edwin

O

20364140

S Sgt

Moubray

Ted

F

20364146

S Sgt

Lilly

Jack

D

33047966

S Sgt

Cox

Alvin, Jr

 

33046730

S Sgt

Lawson

Lawrence

C

20364000

T 5

Huffer

Weldon

D

20364111

S Sgt

Topolski

Albert

V

33152995

Sgt

Palimbas

Anthony

J

33153126

Sgt

 

 

The Original C Company after action report located in the Archive. During our research we found that there were older versions of the report which contained more detail on certain events. These details were taken out of the final version of the report but they shed more light on a few things that happened to C Company on June 6th.

 

Along with this we found veteran testimonies from key members of C Company on D-Day written during a group interview on March 19th 1945 we can begin to put together what happened in decent detail.

From the reports we know that C Company boarded the Empire Javelin at Portland and were to use 6 LCVP landing craft to land at DOG GREEN sector. The 6 LCVP landing craft came from the USS Thurston as A, B and D companies used the LCA landing craft attached to the Empire Javelin. If you look at the D-Day landing diagram you can see that C Company had 7 LCVP's allocated to it however the 7th boat was not used and was likely a spare as all the reports state that they came in on 6 boats.

The boats were split into 2 Assault Sections designated Assault Section 1 and 2. The remaining 4 LCVP's were designated Support Sections.

 

According to the testimonies C Company appears to have deviated from the Assault Training Centre protocol for boat teams. We know that in C company the testimonies state that they had 2 Assault Sections and 4 Support Sections as they call them. In the testimonies it appears that only the 2 Assault Sections in C Company had the flame throwers and bazookers. (Evidence also states that 3rd Battalion also had the same issue which was caused due to shortages in the weapons) It appears that the 2 Assault Sections both had a 60mm mortar as per the assault training centre guidelines. We know that one of the support sections carried the 3rd Company 60mm mortar, we have the testimonies that of the remaining 4 LCVP's, 1 contained the 3rd remaining Company 60mm mortar and the other 2 carried the 2 company weapons platoon 30 cal machine guns. the 4th LCVP contained the HQ element and Capt Hawks radio equipment.

C Company was made up of 4 platoons, one of which was the weapons platoon and contained 3 x 60mm Mortar teams and 2 x 30 cal Machine gun teams. The weapons platoon was split up amongst 5 of the 6 boats and the 3 Rifle platoons were distributed between all of the boats. Once the beach was taken and the fighting moved inland, the boat teams were suposed to convert back to regular platoons.

Below is what C Company's boat teams were assigned:

 

Assault Section 1 equipment:

  • Flame Thrower 
  • 60mm Mortar
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Bazooker
  • Pack Charges

Assault Section 2 Equipment:

  • Flame Throwers
  • 60mm Mortar
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Bazookers
  • Pack Charges

Support Section:

  • 60mm Mortar
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Pack Charges

Support Section:

  • 30 cal Machine Gun
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Pack Charges

Support Section:

  • 30 cal Machine Gun
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Pack Charges

Support Section:

  • Radio Equipment
  • Bangalore Torpedos
  • Pole Charges
  • Rifle Grenades
  • Pack Charges

 

The Landing:

 

Prior to 06:53: (No accurate time was recorded for the first LCVP to land on the beach)

 

Assault Section 2 is the first to land however hits a submerged obstical and spills all of the men and equipment into 4 - 5 feet of water. Assault section 2 looses all of its special equipment in the process. The men get to shore and make their way to the low timber sea wall (Dog White Sector)

 

Assault Section 1

 

Support Section

 

Support Section

 

06:53:

Support Section lead by 2Lt Schwartz lands, they make their way to the timber sea wall. 2Lt Schwartz mentions the time of his craft landing to Sgt Huesser as the ramp goes down.

 

Support Section 

 

It didnt take long for all the boat teams to assemble around the timber sea wall. The next task was to break out of this position and move inland.

 

 

- Left - One of the drawings made during the C - Company D-Day interviews. (National Archives)

 

 

 

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