In the night, instead of sending Bed Check Charlie, the Germans sent a couple of buzz bombs that shook us. The next morning while scouting our position I enter a house and saw a dead elderly couple, bullet holes in their head, their throats cut, lying in their blood. Another house had two men and a baby dead in a crib, one of the women was nude with a bullet hole in her head and part of her left arm hacked off. Another house in a large closet was about six children shot, some with heads smashed.
I was at a corner standing in a yard when two children appeared like out of the fog, and said "Vive La Americk". One of our soldiers stopped them and told them not to enter the house, as the people were dead. They said they were looking for their parents and relatives and went in. I went back to our C.P. in a daze. William Whitten and I had just push the 20-year mark less than two weeks ago. It was hard to get our minds back on the war.
Several SS troops were captured early morning of 22nd and were shot while trying to escape . All afternoon we could see the German troops across the railroad marching on the Stavelot road toward Trois Ponts but could not see our artillery shells because of haze and fog. and slow communications. I went upstairs in a house on a hill behind us to observe better. There under our nose was a large German tank in some trees. After telling Plummer and Edmark we got artillery on it and flushed it out where one of D's Co. tanks had a clear shot at it. and shoot it he did but three balls of fire bounced off of it and it backed away never moving its turret. It had to be a Mark VI Tiger. It made us all wonder and I know the tank gunner was shaking his head, feeling helpless, as it backed up the railroad on our left flank. I had seen our 75's bounce off Mark V tanks before, the last time near Roetgen where they wiped out several our tank. This tank fire started a lot of fire on us as the Germans answered back and some 155's of our own came in on us. It took us a while to get this stopped. A message came in on our radio for Edmark from Lovelady as we had the only radio to reach outside. The Germans had taken the Coo road and our infantry were ordered out. We were isolated and feared the Germans would try to come through us to get to our gasoline supply. We mounted our three thirty cal. machine guns in the windows upstairs and down and sat up all night waiting. No one slept, but the attack never came.
On Dec. 23, we saw a concentration of enemy infantry and tanks building up as if about to attack. Edmark and Plummer decided to pull Edmark's tank "Dixie" beside our C.P.and use it for indirect fire on the Germans, and it had a 76 –mm gun. I went upstairs in my op. of the day before to observe with Plummer standing on the tank. The tank fired three times and I could