I was a
forward observer with the 1st Battalion, 381st Regiment,
from the 361st Field Artillary Battalion, 96th Division, in
the rolling mountains above the beach on Leyte. The
enemy was scattered. The Battalion was in a kind of
circular defensive position. Rifle fire pro and con was
A knee mortar started
landing shells in our area. Sound of the propelling
explosion coul;d be heard. I had a concentration number
in the general area. I requested one gun, fired two
rounds. Still mortar firing. A Captain, Ed Ellison,
said, "Move it left about 30 feet." I did so; after the
next round - silence.
Hours later, we
moved up and came upon a Jap knee-mortar man. He was staring
with eyes open, settled back into a hole with a knee mortar
in his hand. There was a big hole in his stomach.
A shell went through his stmach and dug out a hole
behind him without tearing any other part of his body.
I took a picture, but my camera was lost when, at a
later date, we had to abandon our trailer due to mud on
Capt. Ellison was killed
in action on Okinawa. He was a real officer; we used ot
call him "Stonewall".