Muck, Warren H “Skip”

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Muck, Warren H “Skip”, born 31-01-1922 in Tonawanda, New York, was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, “Band of Brothers.”  in the 101st Airborne Division  during World War II. Muck was born and raised in Tonawanda, New York. He attended St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, and graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1942. After working briefly for the Remington Rand Corp, he enlisted on 17-08-1942 in Buffalo, New York. After training in Camp Toccoa, Georgia, Muck and his Band of brothers’s friends, Darrell “Shifty” PowersFritz Niland, Cliford Carwood Lipton and Forrest Guth, Major Richard “Dick” Winters, made their first combat jump on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) as part of the Battle of Normandy, France. Shifty many years later visited Muck’s grave in Germany.

 In September 1944, he jumped into occupied Netherlands (see About) (see nun Peters) as part of Operation Market Garden ( see Maxwell Taylor), which eventually failed. Easy Company was assigned to support the British forces around Eindhoven, by defending the roads so that the British armoured divisions could advance into Arnhem and force a crossing over the major bridge across the Rhine River in September 1944. During Operation Market Garden Urqhart’s 1st British Airborne Division of 10.005 men had the next casualties, killed 1.200, misses wounded or prisoner 6.642. On German side with the 9th  and 10th Panzer  Divisions, there were 1.100 killed and 2.200 wounded in battle. After being pulled off the line, Easy Company returned to France, where they were transported to Bastogne, Belgium to fight in the Battle of the Bulge (see Anthony McAuliffe)

  . The 101st was in France in December when the Germans launched their offensive in the Ardennes. They were told to hold the vital cross-roads at Bastogne and were soon encircled by the Germans. Easy Company fought in cold weather under German artillery fire without winter clothing and with limited rations and ammunition. The Allies defeated the German offensive. Afterward, Easy Company and the rest of the 506th PIR moved into Germany. The 101 airborne division was awarded a unit citation for holding the line at Bastogne

Muck and his friend Alex Penkala were killed in the battle of the Bulge

 from a direct hit in their foxhole from German artillery just outside the Belgian town of Foy, on 10-01-1945. Muck, age 22, is buried on the Cemetery of Hamm, Luxembourg next to Penkala his comrade, 21 years old. Also buried there is General Georg Smith Patton

 The casualties of the 101 Airborne Division during their campaign in Europe; In Normandy, killed/died of wounds 868, wounded in action 2.303, missing/captured 665. In Holland, Operation Market Garden, killed 752, wounded 2.151 and missing 398. In the battle of the Bulge in Belgium, killed 482, wounded 2.449 and missing 527, in total killed 2.043, wounded 2.782 and missed 1590.

 

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