BP3 vs 2.FJ Official Scrimmage Write up and Awards

116th
The Seal


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


Official Awards for Meritorious Service Before and During BP3's Deployment
May-June 2016




Warrant Officer 1 Tyler T. Brewer

WO1 Brewer has been a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory and is therefore receiving a WWII Victory Medal. In addition to this, for leading BP3 to victory in an official Scrimmage WO1 Brewer is also receiving his Legion of Merit.




Sergeant Samuel Kim

For participating in his third official scrimmage, Sgt. Kim is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal. On top of that, for helping in leading and winning an official scrimmage Sgt. Kimis awarded Soldier's Medal.




Sergeant Christopher S. Noye

On the second battle of the Campaing Sgt. Noye, along with PFC Binders, was tasked with scouting the Southern part of the town of Kommerschiedt. Upon getting a visual an enemy squad that was dismounting South of his position, he opened fire and took out one enemy. The enemy attempted to storm Sgt. Noye’s building, but Sgt. Noye was able to take out one enemy who managed to get into his building. When the rest of the enemy squad attempted to make a break for West Town, Sgt. Noye cleverly mirrored their movement and rotated West. During this process, he took out two more enemy soldiers. Afterwards, Sgt. Noye retreated back to Town Center to help out with the defense, where he scored one last kill. To award Sgt. Noye's exemplary performance he is receiving a Bronze Star.
During the third encounter, after WO1 Brewer and Sgt. Kim fell through the map early on in the round, Sgt. Noye had to take command of the platoon as the Platoon Sergeant. At the time, he was already spearheading the attack on the town of St. Clement. Understanding that momentum was an important factor for the attack, he remained at the front of the assault and lead by example. During this process, he breached the side building of Manor, as well as the Manor itself and secured four kills. Understanding that his team needed to make use of all able bodies to make the attack work, Sgt. Noye continued to clear rooms of Manor, but he was eventually killed by three enemies who were waiting for him in a room. For contribution towards his teams victory Sgt. Noye is being awarded Army Commendation Medal.
On top of that, for participating in his third official scrimmage, Sgt. Noye is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal. On top of that, for helping in leading and winning an official scrimmage Sgt. Noye is awarded Soldier's Medal.





Sergeant Paul W. Rousse

On the defense round of the third encounter Sgt. Rousse and Cpl. Poklemba were in the Stuart positioned to the east of the Terrace Houses and moved to the northeast to set up behind the building just south of the farmhouse. Sgt. Rousse was hearing reports of the tank being on the main road and opened fire trying to land shots onto the enemy armor, but was unsuccessful because the enemy armor had moved on. With no knowledge on where the enemy armor was Sgt. Rousse made the call to move over to the west in order to take cover. It was at this time that Sgt. Rousse and Cpl. Poklemba had started taking inaccurate fire from the tank and took no direct hits but caused Sgt. Rousse to continue moving west to avoid direct fire from the tank. Getting to the west compound they fired a few rounds at the enemy before hearing reports of the tank and moved back over to the east, this time in between the manor and the Terrace Houses. From this position Sgt. Rousse opened fire on a building that was overrun by enemy forces taking down a few enemy soldiers. After taking them out the enemy armor had shown its face again this time Sgt. Rousse opened fire blowing up the tank and with the explosion taking out an infantryman beside the tank, bringing their tank's total kills to five including the sole remaining tank crewman. His ability to take out the enemy tank was even more crucial to our victory due to our AT weapon being taken out and lost shortly before. For contribution towards his teams victory Sgt. Rousse is being awarded Army Commendation Medal.
Also, for participating in his third official scrimmage, Sgt. Rousse is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal.




Corporal Nathanial T. Poklemba

On the defense round of the third encounter Sgt. Rousse and Cpl. Poklemba were in the Stuart positioned to the east of the Terrace Houses and moved to the northeast to set up behind the building just south of the farmhouse. Sgt. Rousse was hearing reports of the tank being on the main road and opened fire trying to land shots onto the enemy armor, but was unsuccessful because the enemy armor had moved on. With no knowledge on where the enemy armor was Sgt. Rousse made the call to move over to the west in order to take cover. It was at this time that Sgt. Rousse and Cpl. Poklemba had started taking inaccurate fire from the tank and took no direct hits but caused Sgt. Rousse to continue moving west to avoid direct fire from the tank. Getting to the west compound they fired a few rounds at the enemy before hearing reports of the tank and moved back over to the east, this time in between the manor and the Terrace Houses. From this position Sgt. Rousse opened fire on a building that was overrun by enemy forces taking down a few enemy soldiers. After taking them out the enemy armor had shown its face again this time Sgt. Rousse opened fire blowing up the tank and with the explosion taking out an infantryman beside the tank, bringing their tank's total kills to five including the sole remaining tank crewman. His ability to take out the enemy tank was even more crucial to our victory due to our AT weapon being taken out and lost shortly before. For contribution towards his teams victory Cpl. Poklemba is being awarded Army Commendation Medal.
Also, for participating in his third official scrimmage, Cpl. Poklemba is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal.




Corporal Tristen A. Speirs

On the attack round, while advancing towards the Manor cap after falling back from the southern flank, Cpl. Speirs and FSgt. Balzer cleared the building west of the Manor building. After Cpl. Speirs cleared the building along with FSgt. they crossed back to the manor building and met up with 2Lt. Dashwood and began the daunting task of clearing the manor building. While clearing the first floor, Cpl. Speirs ran face first into an MG-42 defending a room and hosed him down. When the first floor was cleared 2Lt. Dashwood and Cpl. Speirs advanced upstairs and ran into another enemy laying in wait in the attic. Cpl. Speirs pushed the attic room and killed the enemy up there. After clearing the manor building, 2Lt. Dashwood and Cpl. Speirs captured the cap point. While holding the cap the enemy counter-attacked with a squad sized element along with the Marder III. 2Lt. Dashwood and Cpl. Speirs took cover on the second floor and waited for the enemy. After a brief shelling, the enemy pushed them, killing 2Lt. Dashwood and wounding Cpl. Speirs. Cpl. Speirs returned fire killing two. Another shelling commenced on the manor building and more infantry pushed up the stairs, Cpl. Speirs took another enemy out and retreated to a back room. From the window Cpl. Speirs killed the enemy gunner on the Marder just before being overrun and killed. Despite being killed, Cpl. Speirs was able to ultimately take out 7 enemy soldiers. For meritorious courage Cpl. Speirs is hereby awarded the Bronze Star. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Sean J. Freeman

T/5 Freeman has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Mark A. Minor

T/5 Minor has been a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory is therefore receiving a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Aleksander D. Antosiewicz

For participating in his third official scrimmage, PFC Antosiewicz is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Fernando V. Assis

PFC Assis has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Devon E. Atkinson

For participating in his third official scrimmage, PFC Atkinson is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part in the attacking round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, he shall also receive a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Mike A. Barr

PFC Barr has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his second Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Benjamin M. Binders

PFC Binders, along with Sgt. Noye, was tasked with scouting the Southern parts of the town of Kommerscheidt during the defense round. He got his first kill during the initial contact, when the enemy attempted to assault his position in the South Village. Shortly after, the Axis squad attempted to rotate over to West Town. PFC Binders mirrored their movement with Sgt. Noye and moved West, and scored two more kills during the process. PFC Binders did not stop there, and suppressed the rest of the enemy forces that were moving toward West Town, greatly delaying the enemy assault from the West all while updating the rest of the platoon on enemy locations. For that deeds PFC Binders is being awarded Army Commendation Medal. Additionally, for participating in his first official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Chris J. Doherty

PFC Doherty has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Paul M. Gatto

PFC Gatto has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part in the defensive round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, he shall also receive a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.




Private, First Class Claude H. C.Garrett

PFC C. Garrett has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Mitchell E. Garrett

On the defense round, PFC Garrett was positioned in the farmhouse which was on the front end of the defense. PFC Garrett quickly spotted the tank after it started shelling his building causing him to take cover. Biding his time Garrett sat drawing in the tank until he found his opportunity shooting out the commander of the tank. Machine gun rounds flying into his building Garrett continued waiting for another opportunity in which he took out the main gunner of the tank. The remaining member of the enemy tank took PFC Garret out but the damage was done and shortly after it was taken out by the Stuart. For putting himself in peril to successfully aid his comrades PFC Garrett is hereby awarded a Purple Heart. Additionally, for participating in his first official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class James P. Henson

PFC Henson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part in the defensive round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, he shall also receive a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.




Private, First Class Jesse D. Hodgson

PFC Hodgson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Evan V. McLean

On the defense round, PFC McLean was positioned in the farmhouse on the front end of the defense. At the start of the round, two members of his squad were killed on the flank he was tasked to defend. PFC McLean spotted multiple enemy forces moving through the field behind the hedgerow and opened fire taking down a few of them. PFC McLean kept his eyes on the hedgerow waiting for any signs of movement and for a few moments there was nothing. McLean spotted movement just above the hedgerow and opened fire taking out a few more soldiers with shots to the head. PFC McLean's total casualties inflicted was five, almost single-handedly holding his flank until reinforcements could arrive. For that PFC McLean is awarded a Bronze Star. Additionally, for participating in his third official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his second Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Chris W. Moore

PFC Moore has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Samuel V. Morse

PFC Morse has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his second Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part in the attacking round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, he shall also receive a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Justin D. Neve

PFC Neve has been a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory is therefore receiving a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Caesar A. Redd

In the final minutes of the attack round on Kommerscheidt, PFC Redd was left behind in East town while the rest of the surviving members of BP3 mounted up swung around to hit West town. PFC Redd managed to stay focused and prevented the enemy from rotating toward East town, which allowed the rest of BP3 to Capture West Town successfully and push into Town Center. During his effort, PFC Redd managed to take out three enemies with his BAR. Though he was killed during this maneuver, his actions allowed BP3 to turn things around and achieve victory in the very final minute of the round. For his action he is being awarded a Purple Heart. Additionally, for participating in his third official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his second Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.





Private, First Class Douglas J. Schuurman

PFC Schuurman was tasked with defending Town Center. After BP3’s West Town scouts were taken out, one Axis squad attempted to attack the Northern flank of Town Center, which PFC Schuurman, Cpl. Poklemba, and PFC Neve were defending. 8 – 10 man Axis infantry squad, supported by a halftrack launched an assault from the field to the North of their building. After PFC Neve went down, PFC Schuurman secured his Bazooka and Grease gun before his building was stormed by an enemy fire team. He took out one enemy seconds after securing PFC Neve’s weapons and retreated to a room. Immediately, one enemy came into the room, but PFC Schuurman was able to eliminate him as he came around the corner. Just as he was reloading, another enemy stormed his room and unloaded pistol rounds at him. PFC Schuurman got hit in the arm, but he was able to finish reloading and eliminate him. As a fourth enemy came upstairs, PFC Schuurman opened fire which made him run back down. PFC Schuurman chased him down and scored another kill, but he was gunned down by his last kill’s battle buddy. For that PFC Schuurman receives a Purple Heart. Additionally, for participating in his first official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Wallace C. Strobel

On the attack round, PFC Strobel was positioned on the hill with his squad in order to provide cover for the attack in which he spotted and eliminated an enemy in the buiding west of the Manor compound. Strobel was then tasked with maneuvering from the hill to the north on a flanking mission with PFC Schuurman when they encountered and took out an enemy scout in the fields to the northeast of the town. From this point PFC Strobel moved up to the farmhouse building with PFC Schuurman eliminating the enemy soldier that was in the building and defended it until the end of the round. Despite the team losing this round, PFC Strobel was the sole surviving member and outmaneuvered the enemy to survive and make as much as an impact as he could. For said deeds PFC Strobel is being awarded Army Commendation Medal. Additionally, for participating in his first official scrimmage he is eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private, First Class Jeremy Yard

PFC Yard has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private Jordan T. Blankenship

Pvt. Blankenship has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Private Alexander J. Strickland

Pvt. Strickland greatly helped BP3’s leadership develop a battle plan for the Kommerscheidt scrimmage by creating an overhead map of Kommerscheidt. His map included a detailed drawing of every building in the town, as well as terrain features of the fields surrounding it. He also named every building, which allowed for efficient communication between leadership during the planning phase. For his preparation and hard work Pvt. Strickland is receiving a Soldier’s Medal.




Private Andrew G. Woodworth

Pvt. Woodworth has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.




Captain Elliott L. Patty

Cpt. Patty took part in the defensive round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, and so he shall receive a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.




Second Lieutenant Scott Dashwood

Being called on short notice to help BP3 even the numbers against a combined enemy force, 2Lt. Dashwood not only showed great enthusiasm but his actions on the battlefield greatly assisted BP3 in their victory. During the final St Clement round 2Lt. Dashwood proved to be a great asset in both the attack and the defense. During the attack he helped clear the manor, gaining 2 kills in the process. Though the attack was lost, he played a great part in making it a close one. In the defense he was situated alone where he called out several enemy contacts and also eliminated another two enemies. For these actions and his eagerness to jump to BP3's aid at short notice I am pleased to award him with an Army Commendation Medal.
In addition, for taking part in the defensive round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, and so he shall receive a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.




First Sergeant Daniel A. Balzer

Being called upon at short notice to assist BP3 in the final map of their scrimmage, FSgt Balzer showed great skill and his experience was extremely instrumental in BP3's victory. During the attack he situated himself on the hill to the south where he called out targets and guided tank fire, his leadership helping maintain cohesion in a tough attack. During the defense round he situated himself on the flank where he was able to spot, call out and eliminate an enemy flanking force, taking out two of them himself. For his actions in coming to BP3's aid I am happy to award him the Army Commendation Medal for his actions. In addition, for taking part in the defensive round of the scrimmage which resulted in victory, and so he shall receive a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.




Cpt. Patty
Commanding Officer
Baker Company HQ
Cpt. Patty

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  • edited July 2016

    116th
    The Seal


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



    After Action Report of Normandy Campaign

    BP3's deployment against the 2nd Fallschimjager Regiment



    Over the course of May and June 2016, the forces of BP3 fought the 2nd Fallschimjager Regiment between three engagements. The areas of operations were as followed: Hedgerow Hell, Kommerscheidt, and St. Clement. BP3 was successful in their campaign and this after-action report will give a brief description of the engagements.

    Our first engagement fell on the map of Hedgerow Hell. BP3 was tasked to meet the advancing axis forces to stop their push and gain control of the surrounding area. Our objective was to gain majority control over the area or eliminate all axis forces. The engagement lasted over one round. BP3 gained majority control over the capture points and forced the small amount of remaining axis forces to retreat. BP3 took minimal casualties over this engagement.

    Following Hedgerow Hell, BP3 was tasked with attacking Kommerscheidt and defending against a counter-attack by the Axis forces. To assist with our attack, we were equipped with two half-tracks and 1 truck transport. Conditions for victory were to achieve a majority control of the objectives or eliminate all axis forces. BP3 was able to infiltrate the Eastern part of Kommerscheidt before being locked down from entering center. In a last ditch effort, HQ ordered the men to mount up the half-tracks leaving only one man in the East town cap while the rest moved to capture the West. After West was captured, the East was pressured by the Axis forces, so half our forces maneuvered back to capture. In the end when time was called, BP3 held the majority of the caps. Shortly after, BP3 had to set up a defense for the Axis counter-attack. The counter-attack was defended with ease and the Axis forces were unable to control any capture points at the end.

    The final engagement of the campaign was over the town of St. Clement. As with our last engagement, BP3 was tasked to take the town and then defend against a counter-attack as well. We were equipped with a Stuart tank against the axis infantry with a Mauder tank. The beginning of the round started with some difficulties resulting in three members, including myself and Sgt. Kim, falling through the map. Several members of BP3 were able to get into town and inflict heavy casualties but the enemy ultimately were successful in defending. On our second round, the axis attempted to counter-attack but we successfully defending St. Clement with much ease.

    The 3-part campaign ended as a victory for BP3 as we only dropped one round out of the total of five rounds; winning two scrims and tying the last.



    WO1 Tyler T. Brewer
    Platoon Leader
    Baker Company, Third Platoon HQ

  • Really nice work boys, proud of you..

  • Congratulations BP3! Well done!

  • Great job BP3, excellent show of skill, teamwork and determination. Many of the members of BP3 are known to me, and many are not. I was completely impressed with the work ethic and attitude every member of BP3 showed. Cpl. Speirs and Sgt. Kim, to whom I was assigned, in particular performed superbly. Thank you to Cpt. Patty for allowing me to stand with such a solid group. I hope my fumbling about was made up for by me killing a bit more than dying.

  • It was an honor having both you and 2Lt. Dashwood at the scrim. Just seeing that you were the guys to be our backup brought up morale when we were faced with the tough scrim on St. Clement. I have seen the dedication put into these rounds by all of these members and am proud to have them all in BP3.

  • Nothing but pride reading this, congratulations BP3!

  • Nice work guys. Let's do the same for the next scrims.

  • Congrats gents, nice job showing them what we are made of.

  • Nice work and congratulations on the awards!

  • Congratulations to everyone!

  • Wow! Loads and loads of medals! Good job!

  • Great job BP3, excellent work! Congratulations!

  • Congrats BP3!!

  • Looking good BP3! With the Normandy Campaign secured its on to St Lo next!

  • Good work, guys.

  • Congratulations bp3!

  • Nice work BP3, congratulations to all!

  • edited July 2016

    Proud of all of you guys for your dedication and hardwork throughout this long campaign. You impressed me and showed me that all the time we put in did not go to waste at all. And a big thanks to Cpt. Patty, 2Lt. Dashwood, and TSgt. Balzer for stepping in for that final scrimmage.

  • Awesome! Congrats guys!

  • yeah baker boys good jobe !!

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