EP1 vs 508th PIR and 3rd Ranger Battalion Official Scrimmage Write up and Awards

116th
The Seal


29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
EASY COMPANY

Official Awards for Meritorious Service Before and During EP1's Deployment

November 9th, 2019



Second Lieutenant Buck Barclay

2Lt. Barclay has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal. In addition, for leading EP1 to victory during both rounds in an official Scrimmage 2Lt. Barclay will receive the Legion of Merit.




Technical Sergeant Ross M. Dethfield

TSgt. Dethfield has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Staff Sergeant Linus R. Bagge

SSgt. Bagge has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Sergeant Alex W. Crane

Sgt. Crane has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Sergeant Steven van Dongen

Sgt. van Dongen has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Sergeant Benjamin A. Gibson

Sgt. Gibson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Technician, 4th Grade Robin Andersson

T/4 Andersson has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Technician, 4th Grade Patrik Ceglar

T/4 Ceglar is eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Corporal Olaf A. Baron

Cpl. Baron has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Corporal Patryk Borkowski

Cpl. Borkowski has participated in his second official scrimmage. For being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Corporal Thomas Kardell

Cpl. Kardell has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Joshua S. Evarts

T/5 Evarts has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Sebastian E. Lundén

T/5 Lundén has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Michael Abramovich

PFC Abramovich has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Furkan Akbulut

PFC Akbulut has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Sondre Audunhus

T/5 Audunhus has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Tyrone S. Blackburn

PFC Blackburn has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Ramon Buuts

PFC Buuts has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Danny C. Chilvers

PFC Chilvers has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Auguste J. Declerc

PFC Declerc has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Refik C. Devseli

PFC Devseli has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.

During the fighting against the 508th PIR and 3rd Ranger Battalion, PFC Devseli was part of the squad assigned to guard the Southwestern flank of the coveted Palace. Orders were to hold the line at all costs and to be patient. Devseli took up a position in a small building that overlooked a critical intersection and waiting for the enemy to make their approach. As the fighting began to heat up and other members of his squad fell, Devseli continued to hold his position, call out targets and sounds and soon found himself facing an aggressive assault by an enemy squad. He continued to not move an inch and in doing so was able to successfully take down the four enemies in very short order which not only took out a substantial portion of the enemy force but also bought time to fall back when the order was finally given.

As the attacking forces began to lose momentum, PFC Devseli had fallen back towards the Mosque, taking up a position in another small building that could still overlook the same intersection. When the remaining four enemies began their final, desperate push across the road, PFC Devseli immediately informed his team while opening fire. So surprised was the enemy fireteam that they froze up in the chaos, allowing PFC Devseli to take down one more enemy while his teammates, hearing the call and moving in to assist, were able to flank them and take the rest down with ease. PFC Devseli performed extremely well and was no doubt an important element to EP1's victory in the defense round and so will be awarded the Army Commendation Medal.




Private, First Class Joachim Lans

PFC Lans has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Cedric F. Martens

PFC Martens has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Jan Novotný

PFC Novotný has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Dan I. Rodriguez

PFC Rodriguez has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Tim N. Steinbarth

PFC Steinbarth has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Sebastian A. Strickland

PFC S. Strickland has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Victor D. Torsson

PFC Torsson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class James I. Wright

PFC J. Wright has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Thomas Zanovich

PFC Zanovich has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible for his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he will receive the World War II Victory Medal.




Comments


  • On Saturday, November 9th, 2019, soldiers of Easy Company, First Platoon, let by 2Lt. Barclay, deployed against the combined forces of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Ranger Battalion. The two teams fought over an ammo cache located in a building dubbed "The Palace". Each team had a chance to assault this palace, secure the ammo box, and dismantle it against a defending team of equal size.

    Attack Round
    Deploying from the FOB in the western half of Sumari, EP1 headed to the far northern outskirts of the city, using the various buildings, and fields to cover their advance. They continued to move undetected along the northern edge until making sharp turn southward, crossing the river at a point just east of the elementary school. During this time, platoon sniper T/5 Audunhus took up a position near the abandoned police station, keeping watch on the palace and surrounding city blocks, watching for targets of opportunity as well as scoping out the enemy's defenses.

    Squads two and three took up their positions near the school while squad one continued on to the Souk, a large building directly south of the Palace. All forces got in position and prepared to receive orders for the next phase of the operation. When everyone was in position, 2Lt. Barclay gave the order to begin. What followed was a single blast of explosions and gunfire, followed by continuous fire from all three squads. The shock the initial barrage left numerous enemies dead and almost no casualties on EP1's end.

    Two minutes into the engagement, squad two pushed across the street and aggressively pushed through one building after another clearing them out and relaying their progress to the other squads and to platoon headquarters.
    As squad two was moving towards the palace, squads one and three had set up a base of fire west and north, respectively. Their machine gunners and grenadiers ensured that no reinforcements from other sections of the area could retreat and assist the last few defenders in the palace. Squad three would then move into the northern areas of the palace and surrounding area, while squad one would largely hold their ground and continue to suppress and distract the remaining enemy forces in the south.

    Within mere minutes, however, squad two had secured the entire palace building itself and had completely dismantled the ammo box, giving EP1 an extremely swift, outstanding victory in less than five minutes. Suffice to say, everyone was stunned at the results of this attack.


    Defense Round
    Having secured the ammo cache, EP1 prepared to defend their prize. Squad one was tasked with defending the palace building and its immediate surrounding buildings with particular focus on the south and east. Squad two took up position across the street to the north, focusing their defense on the northern and northwestern fronts. Finally, squad three moved into the southwestern area and began watching the western and southern approaches.

    Initial reports of the enemy movements were scarce, but soon squad three reported large numbers of enemies moving along the far southern road. Shortly after, squad two reported an equally large force fo the north taking a similar path EP1 had taken the previous round. Enemy forces would soon take up positions in the souk and a long, drawn-out firefight would ensue between them and squad three. The forces in the north ended up flanking around taking the eastern buildings near the school as well as skirmishers hitting from the north.

    The battle became one of attrition as both sides attempted to beat the other into submission. EP1 remained calm and was content with holding their positions when needed, and falling back when necessary while never losing sight of what mattered - the ammo cache. In one instance, PFC Devseli stoically held his ground in a building as multiple enemies attempted to rush through the door. He was able to gun them down and continue fighting. A short time later, he called out a small fire time crossing the road near the souk, at which point he opened fire. The enemy was so startled one actually went prone in the middle of the open road while his comrades turned around trying to assess what was going on.

    All enemies in question were quickly dispatched by EP1 in the chaos of the situation.
    Eventually, the forces of the 508th and 3rd RB were unable to sustain the attack, with the final few soldiers being subdued outside the palace building. With the final enemy neutralized, EP1 claimed victory once again.

  • Well done everyone! Swift attack and tough defense, gj.

  • Great work representing the power of the 29th and Easy Company.

  • Great job everyone! Congrats on the Victory!

  • Congratulations everyone, that attack was a thing of beauty!

  • Was a true pleasure being a member of S2 for the scrim and their excellence on the attack was beautiful. Well done everyone!

  • Easy work.

  • Great work 1st Platoon! Congratulations!

  • Nice job ep1!

  • Nice work EP1

  • Great work, and thanks to the americans helping out S2

  • Congratulations!

  • Well done lads!

  • Wooh doggy!

  • Well done all!

  • Congratulations EP1, well done winning both rounds!

  • Great work Easy Company!
    Congratulations to all participants!

  • Congrats everyone. Looks at that bling!

  • Well done everyone!

  • Congrats Easy! Look at all those shines!

  • Nice job EP1, great work.

  • Your efforts reflect well on the 29th, Congrats to all!

    Well done!

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