Patrol To Born

From:
SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY
Compiled, edited and published by Historical Section, Second Cavalry Association
Maj. A. L. Lambert and Cpt. G. B. Layton, 2d Cavalry

WWII22 February 1945

Troop B, 42d Squadron

The patrol moved east on the road entering Born (map 34). Sgt. Lowrey, leading the point, drew rifle fire (five shots) just before entering the town. Lt. Calderwood moved the patrol into position south of the road and went forward to make a personal reconnaissance.

He heard what he estimated to be 8 or 10 men running around in town, as though moving to a position. This was followed by machine gun fire from the southernmost street in town and from across the river. Later an undetermined number of machine guns and rifles opened fire from the town, and signal lights were seen across the river. Lt. Calderwood heard what he believes was a motor boat cross the river three times. The machine gun and mortar across the river searched the road on which the patrol had moved into town. The patrol leader also reported hearing two trucks on the opposite bank come up from Metzdorf (map 34).

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