Private First Class Veryl W. Diem, meritorious achievement in a military operation against an armed enemy of the United States on 14 April 1945, in Germany. Entered military service from Pennsylvania
Veryl W Diem
Company M - 386th Inf - 18 April 1945 - Written by T/5 L.M. Gonzalez Sub: Our activities for the past 48 hours. To: Third BN HQ
2. Our morale is as good as ever although our company is a little on the sentimental side due to the loss of PFC. Veryl W. Diem
3. Enemy's Morale according to information gathered from various German and French PW is very low. Lack of feed, leadership, and reinforcements seems to be the reason.
4. The character of terrain is hilly with poor roads for a motorized outfit. Heavy but scattered pine woods are between villages.
5. The enemy have few snipers here and there. Two 88 MM German guns were located yesterday and supposedly wiped out by xxxxxxxx new.(Unreadable)
6. No. of PW: 15 One enemy solder shot by our mortar
PLT. Signature.... T/5 L. M Gonazlez
PFC Veryl W. Diem attended 2 years of high school, had a semiskilled occupation in the production of bakery products and was married. He entered into service from Harrisburg County, Pennsylvania on 13 Dec 1942 as a Private and was sent to Camp Barkley, Texas, and thence to a camp in Louisiana for further basic training. He then applied for training as aviation cadet and had begun that training when an Army decision returned all surplus aviation cadet trainees to the infantry. He received training at Camp San Louis Obispo, Camp Mercury and Camp Cook, all in California. He went overseas and landed in France on March 5, of this year. On February 15, he paid a flying visit of half hour duration to his home. He was head dough mixer at the Wright Bakery in New Holland before entering into service.
Nathan Galloway 386th Infantry Regiment, Company M
The infantry manual says 200 yard frontage for Battalion (offensive), 1000 yards (defensive). When distances prevent adequate control – weapons platoons are to be attached to Rifle Company’s. I never liked to attach units to rifle companies – thinking rifle Company Commanders had a plate full without attachments. With frontages of two to two and a half miles – there were no other choices. I knew that our gunners were without peer – all the Rifle Company Commanders need do was point – our gunners would take it from there. The ammunition and rations were another story. I made a covenant with myself to visit each platoon at least once a day to check on ammunition and rations. I wanted to see the men and I wanted them to see me. General Partridge was working the frontage of 2 ½ regiments. Occasionally our paths would cross – he would hail me down – peel 2-3 sheets from his roll of maps – point to some German Village forward and in his quiet – unemotional way say “I want to see you there at noon tomorrow.” I wanted to ask him if he had cleared it with the Germans. I did not ask.
Our attempt to accomplish these goals often led to carelessness which resulted in casualties. Such was the case with Veryl W. Diem. We were at an intersection trying to decide which fork to take – my fault – ONE LEARNS IF ONE SURVIVES. - Written by Captain Nathan Galloway in 2000