December 17, 1944 — Belgium
Private John L. Porter (Army SN 14049647) was a member of the all-black 333rd Field Artillery Battalion(Heavy) when he was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge. The 333 FA Battalion was over-run by the heavily armored German forces. The 333FA suffered heavy casualties on December 17, 1944. Eleven(11) men of this unit are still buried at two American cemeteries in Belgium. Private John Porter is buried at Plot D Row 25 Grave 2 in
Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.
A war attrocity was associated with this battle and unit. Eleven(11) of the men of the 333 FA Battalion were captured. The Nazi-SS took the men to Wereth, Belgium where they brutally tortured them and killed them. Some of these are still buried in Belgium with Pvt Porter and others of this unit who died in combat, but some have been returned to the US. This incident is referred to as the "Wereth 11". Pvt John Porter was not one of these 11murderd soldiers.