134th Infantry Regiment
"All Hell Can't Stop Us"
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment
"My last battle was the Battle on Flavigny Bridge, September 10 -11, 1944. It seems like I was the last man off the bridge when I was wounded in my right leg. Managed to find a culvert under the bridge, bleeding and in great pain. Rescued by unknown soldier. Spent many months in hospitals in England and the U.S.A."
The battle for the Flavigny Bridge over the Moselle River was one of the bloodiest battles of the Lorraine Campaign. The Second Battalion of the 134th Infantry Regiment was decimated when it attempted to cross the river, preparatory to the drive on Nancy. Some 500 - 600 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or lost. The 60th Engineering Battalion and the 110th Medical Battalion also suffered great losses.
Thanks to the efforts of Paula Baker and Jerome Leclerc of the Lorraine Center for WWII, Pfc. Bloom has since been reunited with the soldier who rescued him. Below is a translation by Paula Baker from the French newspaper L'EST REPUBLICAIN describing the events leading to their reunion.
Two GI's find each other, 59 years later, thanks to an organization in Vezelise.
Monday, October 27, 2003
The reunited GIs went through Lorraine.
59 years later, two American veterans were reunited by the Lorraine Center for WWII
A few weeks ago, the Lorraine Center for WWII, based in Vezelise, received an e-mail from a WWII veteran named Albert Bloom, who was writing his memoirs and wished to have some photos of the bridge at Flavigny and its surroundings to illustrate his account.
"A good many years have rolled by since the 10th of September, 1944, when my unit, Company E of the 134th Infantry Division, attacked a bridge on the Moselle," Albert Bloom wrote. "Only recently did I learn that it was at Flavigny Bridge where I was very seriously wounded. It seemed to me that I was the last man living who remained on the bridge"...Albert Bloom was saved by "a soldier whose name I did not know."
Some photos were immediately sent to Albert Bloom. Some days later, that history reminded Jerome Leclerc, secretary of the Lorraine Center, of an account which he already had between his hands.
It's Wonderful to Hear Your Voice
The same day, Jerome put Al in touch with Paula, who transmitted Carroll's address and telephone number to him. Al called him right away: "Here's Albert Bloom who waited 59 years to thank you for saving my life in a tunnel near the bridge at Flavigny," he said simply.
Thanks to Albert Bloom, Paula Baker, and Jerome Leclerc for providing this information.
Link to a description of the battle at Flavigny bridge
Link to web page dedicated to 1st Lt. Ralph T. Brennan who was killed in action during the battle for the bridge at Flavigny
Link to web page dedicated to Pfc. Calvin C Mordecai who was wounded at Flavigny
Link to web page dedicated to Sgt. Carroll Crouch who was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic service during the battle at Flavigny
Link to picture a of the Monument at Flavigny, France