Dead Man's Corner

Dead Man's Corner

Dead Man's Corner

One of the 101st Airborne objectives was to take Saint Come du Mont to prevent German counter attacks south of the Douve River and is considered part of its original airborne mission.

Understrength 1st and 2nd Battalions 506th PIR spread out in skirmish line in the dark to move through the hedgerows but were subjected to persistent sniper fire. They covered the twisting dirt road from Culoville to Vierville—a distance of one mile—in four hours. Pushing on beyond the town, they had moved only a thousand yards more by 1100 when a platoon of six Sherman medium tanks of Company A, 746th Tank Battalion appeared. They moved forward another mile, with Germans constantly infiltrating in behind them, before a sniper killed the commander of the 1st Battalion 506th, Lt Col. William L. Turner. Attacks to clear the flanking hedgerows were thrown back and the advance stalled.

Using a newly arrived Stuart light tank as support, Company D advanced at 1830 two miles (3 km) to the battalion objective, the crossroads below Saint Côme-du-Mont linking it with Carentan. However the tank was destroyed there by a direct hit to the hull and a tank commander, Lt. Walter T. Anderson from Minnesota hanging out of the tank gave the intersection the nickname "Dead Man's Corner".


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