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Our losses began to mount. Lieutenants Bieri,2" Powers,27 and Evans"8
came to us from 337th Engr. Regt. Lts. Corwin29 and Kinsley0 were new
replacements from the States. Evans lost his life on i9th [of] Dec."
The 36th was relieved on the 3oth and 31st of December, 1943, by
the 34th Division, and moved back eight or ten miles to the Alife area,
some thirty miles northeast of Naples. The Division's artillery batta-
lions remained in support at the front. From the time the Division
had been recommitted to combat in November, the 111th Engineer
Battalion had lost 157 men: 5 killed, 19 wounded, 35 injured, 98 sick."
This was the end of 1943 and most of us were glad. But after these
two hard periods of battle and two months of miserable living condi-
tions, it seemed that the only end would be a bloody one. . . . Our
division had twice been depleted in 6o days of combat. The 3rd, 34th,
45th, and IA [ist Armored] Divisions, the other [American] units in Italy,
had fared little better."
One of the problems which a unit commander faced was the friction
between combat troops and rear echelon personnel. The city of Naples
had been put "off limits" to the men of the 36th. This was the metro-
politan area which the 11 th Engineers had demined and cleaned up.
It also did not go unnoticed that, as cold weather came on, the Penin-
sular Base Section people were wearing winter combat clothing long
before it was issued to the fighting troops."4
It was Stovall's opinion that a man unfit for combat would find his
way to the rear. However, this was a one-way street because good rear
20Richard H. Bieri, 01 10o6ooo, was assigned to the 11 th Engineer Battalion from De-
cember 11, 1943, to September 26, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart. GSA, St. Louis,
to R.L.W., July 25, 1967.
27Earl P. Powers, oio102431, was assigned to the 111th Engineer Battalion from Decem-
ber 6, 1943, to July 14, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" and the Purple
Heart. Babcock to R.L.W.
"sJames Wilbur Evans, 01106121, was assigned to the llth Engineer Battalion from
December 5, 1943, until his death on December 19, 1943. He was awarded the Silver Star
and the Purple Heart. Grover G. Heiman, Jr., Chief, Magazine and Book Division,
Directorate for Defense Information, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, to L.
Tuffly Ellis, March 12, 1968 (Files, Office, Texas State Historical Association, Austin).
29Thomas P. Corwin, 01110431, was assigned to the 1xith Engineer Battalion from
March lo, 1944, to August 4, 1945. He was awarded the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster
and the Purple Heart. Babcock to R.L.W.
30William W. Kinsley, 0516529, was assigned to the u1sth Engineer Battalion from
December 16, 1943, to May 19, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Ibid.
3Stovall Narrative, 52.
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