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PFC Kenard R Schrock, ASN 33247554

Machine Gunner KIA, Sept 17 1944 Hill 351

80th Division, 317th Regt., H Company

 

PFC Kenard R. Schrock

 

PFC Kenard R. Schrock, 80th Infantry Division, 317th Infantry Regiment, Company H served as a machine gunner.  He was KIA, and his family would like to hear from anyone who may remember him, or may have photos of him.  PFC Schrock is mentioned in Andy Adkins book, "You Can't Get Much Closer Than This": "We started digging our OP a little deeper. Another Lieutenant From company F had been sent up to replace the one who had been hit. Lieutenant Lou Cox wasn't getting along too well. A shell had landed in a hole alongside two of his men. PFC Meyers was blown to pieces, and PFC Schrock had both his legs blown off. PFC Schrock lay there by his machine gun whimpering and quivering. There was absolutely nothing we could do for him. Captain Farrell took off his raincoat and placed it over PFC Schlock's quivering body. The machine gunner died a few minutes later." Hill 351 is just west of Morey, France, and east of the Moselle River. There were a lot of men who died on that hill, and there is reason to believe that some may have died from friendly artillery fire. The Germans had gotten hold of an American radio, and some believed that they managed to call in an American artillery strike on American positions. A few years ago, the remains of another 317th Infantryman, PFC Robert Horner were discovered before being returned to the U.S. for final internment.  Please contact the Webmaster if you can help this family!

 

 

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